What We Do
Department of Juvenile Services: DJS is a primary referral partner to MCRC, Inc.’s restorative dialogues and restorative reflections (RD/RR) services. Youth offenders meeting certain criteria are referred by DJS to MCRC, Inc. to acknowledge and reflect upon their actions and have discussion with 2 trained facilitators, the youth’s parent/guardian(s) and sometimes other people involved in or effected by the incident resulting in the youth’s arrest. Outcomes most often involve the youth writing a plan about how to assure the same behavior or 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.
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 HCDC staff provide for MCRC, Inc. volunteers to make presentations to insiders about mediation services and to conduct intake conversations for insiders who wish to utilize mediation services. Once screened and approved, outsiders and insiders can be brought together with two neutral, trained mediators in a private meeting space within HCDC to discuss issues of concern to them. Insiders are encouraged to use this time to make plans for their return into the community. Research has proven that insiders who participate in the 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 restorative dialogues and restorative reflections (RD/RRs) led by two MCRC, Inc. 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 those actions through alternative methods in lieu of a more formal court process. Outcomes most often involve the youth writing a plan about how to assure the same behavior or 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 for the Youth Restorative Services. HCPD’s Youth Services refer Restorative Dialogue and Restorative Reflection cases to MCRC Inc. Through this process, first-time offenders are offered an informal, alternative approach to handling their cases without the formality of the court system.
MCRC Inc appreciates generous funding by Howard County Government.
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9770 Patuxent Woods Drive Suite 306
Columbia, MD 21046