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Restorative youth court offers options

A pair of hands forming a heart in the middle of a sign that reads "Arbor Youth Resource Center."
The restorative youth court is held at the Arbor Youth Resource Center.

Ukiah High School Sophomore Cat Karpov Kinrad and twenty other teens participate in the Restorative Justice Youth Council, a newly implemented program sponsored, in partnership, by Mendocino’s Juvenile Probation Office and the Arbor of Redwood Community Services. The Restorative Justice Youth Council is a youth driven program designed to repair the harm caused to all individuals in juvenile crime by encouraging open communication between justice-involved youths and victims, and holding conflicted youths accountable for their actions. It keeps kids out of the parole system and positively connects them to their communities.

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Stacey Sheldon has lived in Mendocino County for over 25 years. She teaches in public school, plays in community theater, hikes with Earth Firsters, and married a local hill hippie. She appreciates Mendocino's creative community and the opportunity to tell their stories.