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Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
September 21, 2010

I am an attorney by training, and I was very interested in the growing field of alternative dispute resolution, especially in the juvenile justice and educational settings. I was thrilled to come across the Dispute Settlement Center, a non-profit mediation agency based in Wilton, Connecticut that serves much of the state. DSC is one of a very small number of mediation agencies in Connecticut with strong community and court mediation programs. As a former juvenile court mediator and researcher with DSC, I have seen firsthand the empowering, positive impact of mediation on young offenders and on the judicial process. Mediation works -- our participants' reoffense rates are lower and satisfaction rates are higher than their peers who do not have the opportunity to try mediation. DSC has a reputation for working well with the attorneys, judges and probation units in the juvenile and adult courts that they serve. I would strongly recommend this agency to practitioners seeking a place to apply (or acquire) their mediation skills and to members of the judicial branch looking to join the growing alternative dispute resolution movement in Connecticut.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my work in Connecticut's juvenile court. I was pleased at how we were welcomed by the attorneys and probation officers with whom we worked and by the youth and families whom we served.

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Former staff & I was a victim-offender mediator in juvenile court, helping victims, defendants (or co-defendants), and their families talk through their conflict and create their own resolutions.