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Dispute Settlement Center, Inc.
September 29, 2010

The Dispute Settlement Center (DSC)has been a partner with RYASAP for the last 7 years both through our Juvenile Review Board (JRB) as well as our Juvenile Justice Task Force (JJTF). With the JRB, DSC has provided mediation services to young first time offenders and their families who are being diverted from the juvenile justice system. The services are particularly effective where there is conflict between family members and with the community in which the young person ahs committed their offense. The model balanced and restorative justice is consistent across both the JRB and DSC. With the JJTF, DSC has been a ongoing member for the last 7 years and has contributed vital services to building a continuum of care for young people in the juvenile justice system in teh greater Bridgeport, CT area. The JJTF consists of over 40 area providers representing law enforcement, probation, detention, education, parent advocacy and children's advocacy and legal services. The DSC has been a very involved partner in the work of making major improvements in increasing services to young people and diverting a large number of young people from the JJ system.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with our Juvenile Review Board participants and with the system changes in the Greater Bridgeport and Connecticut juvenile justice systems.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Friendliness and helpfulness of staff; quality of their mediation services; and their ability to unselfishly network with other providers of service to young people and families involved with the juvenile justice system.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Administrative, direct service, board and volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

We would have had more resources to use their services more often with more children and families.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Ongoing support from teh criminal justice system for their services and the threat that all nonprofits face in CT and that is reduced state funding due to a very large operating deficit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Provide networkign opportunities for DSC and has done work with the DSC board.