SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY AWARDS RESTORATIVE JUSTICE GRANT TO HUCKLEBERRY CARC
On Oct. 15, Huckleberry embarked on an exciting new project with the San Francisco District Attorney's office and
Oakland-based organization Community Works. We are expanding our role in the juvenile justice system by diverting even more youth from juvenile detention and formal probation. Huckleberry piloted a Restorative Community Conferencing (RCC) project for youth arrested for serious offenses.
RCC sessions are based on the theory of Restorative Justice which emphasizes repairing harm caused by criminal behavior and considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offense against an individual or the community, rather than the state.
During RCC sessions, offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and create a dialogue with the victim. RCC sessions also include law enforcement to discuss the crime.
The sessions culminate in a plan of action to repair the harm done to the victim, community, and self. When arrested youth complete the program successfully, their charges may be dropped.
During the first year of the pilot project, CARC expects to work with an additional 25 youth and CARC Case Manager Andres Rios (pictured) will conduct follow up with each offender to ensure the offender follows through on the RCC plan. CARC is one of the largest juvenile diversion programs in San Francisco, serving approximately 400 youth annually.
The Community Assessment and Resource Center (CARC) provides a single point of entry for crisis intervention, assessment, service integration and referral of arrested youth. The program provides a setting in which staff from juvenile probation, public health, the sheriff's department, the police department, and community-based organizations work together in the same space to assess and case manage youth who are arrested for a variety of offenses.
The CARC is a collaboration in the most unique sense of the word: a very real public/private partnership that is paving the way for a new process to provide adolescents who have made mistakes with guidance and support.
The CARC serves young people ages 11-17 arrested for a variety of offenses, including both felonies and misdemeanors. Youth are brought to the CARC in police custody. Once at the CARC, the youth meets with a probation officer for intake, a licensed psychology technician to identify any physical or mental health crisis, and a case manager, who conducts a voluntary assessment. The CARC staff develops a case plan. Youth and their families leave CARC with a new sense of support, opportunity and hope.
The CARC case managers have successfully worked with youth to reintegrate them into the schools, arrange for special educational services, obtain mental health services, complete community service and probation requirements, and engage the youth in positive social, arts, athletic, and youth development programs.
The CARC is open from 9 am to Midnight, Monday through Friday. HYP contracts with the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families (DCYF), which is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. For further information, please call (415) 437.2500.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS BROCHURE
The SFPD and the Juvenile Justice Coalition are proud to announce the release of the "Know Your Rights for Youth in San Francisco" brochure, to help educate youth and parents about their rights.
Download a copy here.