Dane County, Wisconsin

Summary

Dane County, located in the southern part of the state, is the second-most-populous county in Wisconsin and encompasses the city of Madison and the surrounding region. In 2017, the Community Restorative Court will be expanded countywide. The Community Restorative Court, with its mission “Repair Harm, Reduce Risk, and Rebuild the Community”, uses restorative justice principles to divert youth ages 17-25 from the traditional criminal justice system. The program reduces recidivism and builds communities using a restorative justice model. Participation in the program provides a young person who has committed a low-level offense the opportunity to work with community members to ensure accountability, determine restitution, and repair the harm done. One key outcome of the CRC is to address racial disparities within the criminal justice system.

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