Restorative Justice Circles/Peacemaking Circles
As a ministry that stands between offenders and victims, the Precious Blood staff, all trained in the Circle process, utilize the Circle process whenever possible both in the community and within the Center itself. Working with Second Chance Alternative High School, PBMR has facilitated circles in response to the reintegration of two suspended students and to establish values and guidelines at the beginning of a new year. In addition to using the Circle process in regular programs with the youth, PBMR uses Peacemaking Circles to handle issues occurring within the Center, such as an incidence of theft. PBMR also facilitates Support and Accountability and Re-Entry Circles for youth who are involved in the Juvenile Justice System.
Following the enthusiastic response generated by the first Circle Training Workshop, — lead by Kay Pranis, author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community in March 2005 — PBMR now hosts monthly Circle Trainings in collaboration with the Community Justice for Youth Institute.
We have hosted trainings for probation officers, lawyers, Ceasefire staff, Catholic Charities Street Intervention staff, Youth Outreach Services staff, employees from various community agencies, and teachers & counselors from schools.
The receptiveness of the community and strength of the training ensures the use of the circle method by various groups.