WISC Editorial Agenda 2017: Intervention, prevention; supporting restorative justice

Date Published: 
Nov. 30, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - One of the most important components of Dane County’s criminal justice reform efforts is an expanded commitment to restorative justice.

Keeping people, especially young people, out of the court system and its database through responsibility, harm repair and victim healing alternatives, is key to reducing prison populations and providing second chances.

This week, YWCA Madison, in collaboration with Dane County Timebank and Briarpatch Youth Services, received a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Justice to expand its work giving 12- to 16-year-olds who are issued municipal tickets an alternative to court through restorative justice.

On Saturday, the Dane County Community Restorative Court, which offers similar alternatives to young adults, will hold its annual appreciation event for the many volunteers and supporters of the CRC.

The Restorative Justice Coalition and Community Restorative Court are vital elements of a fair and just criminal justice system. We need both and are pleased to see them receive such important recognition and support.

By: Neil Heinen