Restorative Justice Program

The Restorative Justice Program provides a chance for people involved in a conflict to sit down together, in a safe setting with two trained facilitators, to talk about what happened and decide what can be done to repair any harm.

What are the guidelines?

  • One speaker at a time—no interruptions.
  • Speak and listen with respect.
  • No words that harm or hurt.
  • Speak honestly.

Who can use the process?

Anyone. Students or adults who have been in a conflict. Examples:

  • Schools
  • Juvenile court services
  • Governmental agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Community members

How does it work?

Participation is voluntary for both people. If you are interested in taking part in the program follow these steps:

  1. Contact the program (see contact information below).
  2. Facilitators will contact both parties, meet and talk with them separately, answer any
    questions and tell them how it works and how to prepare.
  3. If both people want to sit down at a conference, it will be scheduled at a time and location convenient to all. There will be two facilitators present to help.

Why do it?

  • Usually both people feel disrespected or misunderstood, and they have something they want to tell the other person.
  • You can get past the past and create a different future.
  • You end the drama and the trauma.

Who do I contact?

  1. Annie Tucker, Director, Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa:
    Phone: 319-248-1940
  2. If it involves a juvenile: Erin Altheide, Juvenile Court Officer
    Phone: 319-356-6076
Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa

319-248-1940 |
509 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City, IA 52240