Modeled after the New Zealand Family Group Conferencing model, Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) involves an organized, facilitated dialogue in which young people, with the support of family, community, and law enforcement, meet with their crime victims to create a plan to repair the harm done. It is most effective with serious crimes in which there is an identifiable victim, such as in the case of robbery, burglary, car theft, assault/battery, arson, and teen relationship violence.
Eligibility criteria for enrollment in a restorative justice process vary among programs. Some jurisdictions interested in reducing racial and ethnic disparities may target crimes that young people of color are most often incarcerated for, such as robbery, larceny, and assault, whereas others make eligible any offense that could otherwise result in incarceration. Ultimately, the eligibility criteria for a particular program will depend on the agreement between the applicable jurisdiction’s district attorney and probation offices and the organization carrying out the restorative process.
Sanchez, Mara MPPM and King, Erica MSW, "Restorative Community Conferencing Info Sheet" (2018). Maine Statistical Analysis Center. 27.