Restorative Justice Programs

EFR, the NCADD Affiliate in Des Moines, IA, offers Restorative Justice (RJ) programs which provide a community-based alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for youth and young adults. Restorative justice principles focus on accountability for one's actions, identifying harms that are caused by wrongdoing, and finding ways to repair the harms. These programs hold youth accountable for their actions while providing a supportive learning environment to assist them in improving their decision-making skills for the future. First-time offenders are often given the opportunity to avoid court involvement on the offense if they successfully complete all program requirements.