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File #: 64342    Version: Name: Endorsing all aspects of the restorative justice program
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/23/2021 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 3/30/2021 Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #: RES-21-00224
Title: SUBSTITUTE - Endorsing all aspects of the restorative justice programs and encouraging MPD to take necessary steps to expand these programs.
Sponsors: Shiva Bidar, Nasra Wehelie, Rebecca Kemble, Syed Abbas, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Sheri Carter, Tag Evers, Grant Foster, Marsha A. Rummel, Keith Furman, Patrick W. Heck, Arvina Martin, Lindsay Lemmer, Michael E. Verveer, Max Prestigiacomo
Attachments: 1. Version 1, 2. RegistrantsReport, Agenda Item 6 pdf.pdf, 3. 3/30/21 CC Mtg_Email 64342.pdf, 4. 210330_Common Council Registrants Report Final.pdf
Fiscal Note
The proposed resolution endorses all aspects of the restorative justice programs and encourages MPD to take necessary steps to expand these programs. No appropriation is necessary.
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SUBSTITUTE - Endorsing all aspects of the restorative justice programs and encouraging MPD to take necessary steps to expand these programs.
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WHEREAS, Restorative Justice has been a proven tool to help keep youth that commit minor offenses from entering the criminal justice system. The City is committed to offering restorative justice to as many individuals as possible. Youth of color, particularly Black and African American youth, have been disproportionately ticketed by the Madison Police Department and entered into the criminal justice system; and,

WHEREAS, the City has contracted with the Dane County Department of Human Services to provide restorative justice to all youth under the age of 17 who have been referred by the Police Department. Under this program, when a Madison Police Officer has probable cause to believe a youth has violated a Madison Municipal Ordinance, the youth is referred to Restorative Justice instead of following the traditional path into Municipal Court. No citation is issued at this time. The youth can voluntarily choose to participate in this program and if they successfully complete the restorative process, the matter is closed. If a youth chooses not to participate in the Restorative Justice process or if they cannot be contacted by the contracted restorative justice provider, a municipal ordinance citation is issued and the matter is referred to the Madison Municipal Court. In 2019, 641 youth were referred by MPD, 83% of these referrals were for youth of color, and 505 youth opted into the program; and,

WHEREAS, all Restorative Justice contacts after the initial referral shall be through the contracted youth program coordinators. When MPD is notified that an individual has successfully completed the program, MPD shares t...

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