RESTORE is a Restorative Justice Program for Merchants, Community and Youth who have Shoplifted
The RESTORE program is an opportunity for youth who have shoplifted to deal with their charge in a way that is beneficial for themselves, for their family and for the wider community. This program is modeled after the Restore Program of Fort Collins, Colorado, with their permission.
How Does It Work?
A young person is referred by Juvenile Court Services or through the Yavapai County Juvenile Court to complete the program. The young person, a parent/guardian or other support person attend two RESTORE sessions and complete a contract.
Restore Session #1
Session 1 is comprised of three parts, it will take about 3 hours to complete.
Part 1 - During this session, the youth and their parents will listen to speakers discuss the impact of shoplifting on the merchant community, as well as the larger community. They will also hear other youth speak about how shoplifting has affected them, their peers, and their families.
Part 2 - The youth and their parents will meet in smaller groups to talk about the incidents they were involved with and how they have been affected by this incident. Youth are required to admit their responsibility and to talk about the incident. This group may also include other young shoplifters, their parents, community members, and merchant representatives, and will be facilitated by RESTORE Volunteers.
Part 3 - When the group sessions are complete, each young person, with his/her parent or guardian, develop and sign a contract to repair the harm to the victim, the community, their family and themselves. They will also sign up for a contract completion date and time to return to the next RESTORE program.
Restore Session #2
This session will take approximately one hour. The young person will present their completed contract to the RESTORE Coordinator at the regularly scheduled meeting. Youth under 18 must have a parent present at all meetings.
By participating in the Restore Program, youth can:
learn more about shoplifting and how it affects victims and the community
repair the harm done by the incident in a meaningful way
make choices about the consequences for their actions
have their theft charge dismissed upon successful completion of the program
The RESTORE program fee is $50, payable to PARI (waivers are considered).
For more information about PARI’s RESTORE program contact:
Patricia Robison (JCS Diversion Officer)
Cindy Foss (Restorative Justice Program Coordinator)