Juvenile offenders face new restorative justice program

Juvenile offenders face new restorative justice program

The North Bend Police Department has adopted a new program to help juvenile offenders, one that also gives power back to the victims.

Chief Robert Kappelman first heard of "restorative justice" when he was still working for his old department in Wisconsin, where troubled youth had no place to go. The juvenile detention center had closed, so his department was forced to find an alternative method, and "rightly so, because locking kids up is not the best way to change future behavior and we know that," Kappelman said.

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