Restorative Action For Transformation (RAFT) provides restorative justice services in Calgary for youth aged 12 -17 who have committed offenses, their victims and the wider community that has been affected by the offense. RAFT helps youth take responsibility for their actions, understand the impact their crime had on the victim and address harm done. This is done through:
Community Conferencing – pre-sentence facilitated conversation between victim, offender and other support and relevant community members
Victim Offender Dialogue – post-sentence facilitated conversation between victim, offender and other support and relevant community members
Crime Impact Session – post-sentence conversation with an offender about his/her crime and its impact on the victim and the wider community
Each of these programs creates an opportunity for youth offenders to be personally accountable to their victims and the wider community. It also gives victims a chance to have their impact acknowledged. Optimally, this involves a face to face facilitated encounter and results in a youth initiated “Restorative Action Plan” – a statement of how the young person will accept responsibility for his/her actions and attempt to repair the harm that has been caused.