In 2012, the Dispute Settlement Center (DSC) merged with, and is now part of, RYASAP’s newly formed Restorative Justice Division.
The Restorative Justice Division works to reduce damaging conflict which leads to crime and violence. Studies have shown that mediation and other restorative dialogue techniques reduce recidivism.
The Restorative Justice Division has helped thousands of people resolve disputes over the years with over 90% of those who come to the table reaching an agreement on how to move forward.
The areas we work in include:
School & Youth: Our “Conflict Resolution for Schools & Youth” program supports a growing network of schools and after-school facilities with improving their skills and systems for restorative conflict resolution. The Restorative Justice Division provides a range of services such as trainings, workshops, mediation and best practice sharing.
Crime Prevention: The Restorative Justice Division provides services to the Juvenile Courts in western Connecticut helping with Juvenile Court cases. Through the restorative dialogue process, offenders are held accountable for their actions, and victims and their families have a unique opportunity to participate in the justice system. The Restorative Justice Division also provides trainings and workshops on conflict resolution for staff in agencies serving those in the criminal justice system.
Juvenile Review Board
RYASAP’s Juvenile Review Board (JRB) is now part of RYASAP’s newly formed Restorative Justice Division.
The JRB is a diversion program offered to youth in Bridgeport who have committed minor delinquent acts or youth who are displaying at-risk behaviors at home or school that could result in a referral to the juvenile court.
The JRB consists of police, Juvenile Probation Officers, parents, youth and other community members and offers youth programs and support including counseling, mentoring, community service, pro-social activities and letters of apology to the victim or other involved parties.
The JRB accepts referrals from the police and probation for youth who have committed non-violent misdemeanor acts and from the school system for status offenses (such as truancy or defiance of school rules).School Staff, Click here for our school referral form
As part of the newly formed Restorative Justice Division, JRB youth have easier access to mediation as an intervention. Historically, mediation has helped JRB youth understand and repair the harm done to their communities and has proven to be an effective long-term component to the JRB process.
StreetSafe Bridgeport brings new hope, promise and movement to our most at risk youth. Gang/group violence and gun violence is far too prevalent amongst our city’s youth and now is the time to create movement and change so that the violence can end.
StreetSafe Bridgeport provides a way for our young people to move away from the violence and toward safe, healthy and productive futures. SteetSafe takes a universal approach placing highly trained Outreach Workers who are dedicated to developing face to face, consistent connections to proven risk youth in order to interrupt conflict and guide them toward resources such as jobs, housing, mental health and educational opportunities.