When victims choose not to participate in a Victim-Offender Conference, the juvenile offender(s) is referred to the Offender Accountability Group. During the group, the juvenile offenders write letters(s) of apology to the crime victims and their communities. In the letter, the juvenile offender accurately describes the behavior and accepts full responsibility for their actions. The focus of this group is to repair the harm to the victim, provide a process for making amends, and provide a process for greater understanding of how the incident affected others. It offers a meaningful way for the juveniles to take responsibility for their actions. The Offender Accountability Group encourages apology and expressions of remorse.
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