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Restorative Justice: Giving young offenders better options

Since 2004, juvenile offenders in Crow Wing County have had an alternative to entering the court system through the Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project. Now, adult offenders 18-24 have been added to the program, and it’s anticipated that referrals will top 100 next year.

Come and hear Brian Andrews, executive director of Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project, talk about successful practices that focus on the needs of all those involved – victim, offender, family and community – rather than court justice that’s focused on the offender, guilt and punishment. Restorative justice, which helps return young people to the community as productive members, has been proven to prevent recidivism and reduce crime rates. 92 percent of offenders will complete their Restorative Contract with a recidivism rate of 13.5 percent, compared to the national average of 67 percent. Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project works directly with Crow Wing County police departments, sheriff’s departments, county attorney’s office, social services and schools.

Brian Andrews will speak at Lakes Area Unlimited Learning on Monday, Feb. 14. at 1:30 p.m. in the Forum Room of Crosby-Ironton High School. Admission is free for members and $5.00 for non-members. 
Lakes Area Unlimited Learning promotes the intellectual stimulation of older adults. Its philosophy is “learning without limits,” and it lives that philosophy by offering monthly  programs and field trips that are stimulating, interesting and relevant. People join Unlimited Learning for the learning opportunities and stay for the friendships. For more information about membership, contact Sally Ihne at or call 218-829-2544.
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