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Title: Victim Offender Reconciliation Program - Operational Procedures Flow Chart
Author(s): J H Buerge
Corporate Author: PACT (Prisoner and Community Together, Inc)
United States of America

Elkhart Cty Pact, Inc
United States of America

Mennonite Central Cmtte
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 43
Sponsoring Agency: Elkhart Cty Pact, Inc
Elkhart, IN 46514
Mennonite Central Cmtte
Akron, PA 17501
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
PACT (Prisoner and Community Together, Inc)
Michigan City, IN 46360
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This program manual describes the operational procedures of the victim offender reconciliation program (VORP) operated by the Elkhart County, Ind., chapter of PACT (Prisoner and Community Together), a correctional organization devoted to the development of a more humane and rational corrections system.
Abstract: Under VORP, meetings are arranged between offenders and their victims to provide the opportunity for restitution, negotiation, and reconciliation. Cases are usually referred to VORP by the court and probation department, although referrals may be accepted from other criminal justice and community agencies. After a referral is received and screened at VORP, it is assigned to a trained community volunteer. The volunteer separately contacts the victim and offender to explain the program. If the victim and offender agree to meet each other, the volunteer arranges a meeting to discuss the facts of the case, negotiate restitution, and sign a contract stating the nature and the amount of the restitution. The contract and a written summary are sent to the referring agency for approval and enforcement. VORP maintains contact with the victim until fulfillment of the contract is verified. VORP deals mainly with property offenses. VORP is used as a sentencing alternative rather than as an additional aspect of a standard sentence. In the event that no agreement is reached at a meeting, options are explained, and the case is returned to the referring agency. A flow chart provides a detailed visual description of client progress through the program. Appended are the various forms mentioned in the flow chart, as well as verbal descriptions of how to record cases and collect statistics. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Indiana; Organization studies; Restitution programs; Victim-offender relationships
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