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To provide unique opportunities for victim restoration and offender accountability with a focus on reconciliation, healing, restitution and safe communities in Lancaster County.
As a Restorative Justice Program, LAVORP addresses the harm that comes to the community as a result of crime. The traditional justice system asks, "who did it, what did they do and what should the punishment be?"
Crime is a violation of people and interpersonal relationships. Violations creae obligations. Therefore, Restorative Justice asks, "who was hurt, what are their needs and whose obligation is it?"
Wokring with LAVORP, offenders hold themselves accountable, learn the impact of their actions and make amends to their victims. Victims can work towards closure, get answers to their questions, tell of their experiences, and get their needs met in an emotionally and physically safe meeting.
Both parties have the opptorunity in face to face meetings to learn of the humanity of the incident.
Volunteer Facilitators meet with victims and offenders separately and then lead them in a conference through a three part meeting; facts and feelings, addressing the harm and building trust for the future.
Victims agreements are fulfilled 95% of the time and offenders are 50% less likely to commint another crime. Thus, our communities become safer.
The United Way's Report of Community Needs lists the occurrence of juvenile crime as the 3rd (of 73 issues) most important concern in the County.
LAVORP is the recipient of the President's Daily Point of Light Award which recognizes its success in providing long term solutions to youth issues. The Lancster Crime Commission's Final Report recongized LAVORP for its effectiveness in reducing juvenile delinquency.