What We Do

Department of Juvenile Services: DJS is a primary referral partner for MCRC, Inc.’s restorative youth restorative services. Youth offenders meeting certain criteria are referred by DJS to MCRC, Inc. to acknowledge and reflect upon their actions and have a conversation with two professionally trained facilitators, the youth’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and possibly other people involved in or effected by the situation resulting in the youth’s referral to MCRC. Outcomes often involve the youth writing an action plan about how to plan ahead to assure the same behavior and/or action is not repeated. This process serves to encourage accountability in the youth, to provide an opportunity for learning through the prior incident, and to reduce the flow of youth entering the school to prison pipeline.

Howard County Public Schools: The MCRC, Inc. partnership with HCPSS provides the school system with school circles teams, led by highly trained MCRC, Inc. volunteers who act as liaisons in numerous schools throughout the county. Circles are held throughout the year focusing on two primary areas: community building circles to broaden understanding and acceptance of all occupants of the school – students, staff and faculty; and restorative circles, which are utilized when there has been an incident that has caused or may cause tension within the school community as a whole, within smaller groups or between individuals. In addition to circles, MCRC, Inc. also provides restorative dialogues and restorative reflections when a wrong has been committed by a student to promote accountability for the student’s actions and to provide a plan for the student to return to the school community.

Howard County Detention Center: Through this partnership with HCDC , select teams of MCRC, Inc. volunteers make presentations to insiders about re-entry mediation services and conduct intake and screening conversations with insiders who wish to utilize services. Once approved, outsiders and insiders can be brought together with two neutral, professionally trained mediators in a private meeting space within HCDC to discuss topics pertaining to their lives when they are released from the detention center. Insiders are encouraged to use this time to make plans for their return into the community with people they feel are important to their success. Research has proven that insiders who participate in the re-entry mediation process before release have a lower recidivism rate than those who do not participate.

State’s Attorneys Office: The SAO refers youth offenders to MCRC, Inc. for youth restorative services led by two professionally trained MCRC, Inc. volunteer facilitators. These services are recommended by the SAO when they believe the youth offender and type of violation would be better served by an opportunity to fully examine their actions and identify and consider those effected by their actions through alternative methods in lieu of a more formal court process. Outcomes most often involve the youth writing an action plan about how to assure the same behavior and action is not repeated. This process serves to encourage accountability in the youth, to provide an opportunity for learning through the incident and to reduce the flow of youth entering the school to prison pipeline.

District Court: MCRC, Inc., through its partnership with the District Court, is referred pre-trial cases that the Court believes may be better served by an opportunity to find mutual resolution through the process of mediation in lieu of a more formal court process. MCRC, Inc. mediation is a voluntary process utilizing highly trained volunteer mediators from the community. It can save time and money for the parties to a potential court case. Mediation of district court cases through MCRC, Inc. is offered at no cost and can typically be scheduled in much less time than awaiting court scheduling.

HCPD’s Youth Services: MCRC Inc. and HCPD’s Youth Services partnership is crucial to the Youth Restorative Services. HCPD’s Youth Services refer cases to MCRC for Restorative Dialogues and Restorative Reflections. Through these processes, first-time offenders are offered an informal, alternative dispute resolution approach to handling their case without the formality of the court system. Instead of placing blame, punishment, or taking sides and criminalizing the youth, our Youth Restorative Practices program with HCPD’s Youth Services focuses on the behavior and actions in order to prevent repeated offenses in the community.

MCRC Inc appreciates generous funding by Howard County Government.

We HEAR…To HELP!

Weekdays

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM or by appointment

Weekends

By appointment

Contact

Phone

(443) 518-7693

E-Mail

info@mcrchoward.org

Address

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046