Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
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The Mediation & Restorative Justice Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1976, providing mediation and restorative justice services within the Western North Carolina communities of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey counties.
To reduce the physical, emotional, and financial harm caused by unresolved conflict, litigation, and incarceration by providing mediation, alternative sentencing, and other restorative processes that increase the respect, peace, productivity and safety in the communities served.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which conflicting parties voluntarily agree to work towards settlement of issues with the help of a neutral third party, known as a mediator. Mediation sessions are conducted in a private and confidential setting.
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is a different way of responding to crime and/or harm in families, communities and especially in the criminal justice system. Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by unjust behavior through inclusive and cooperative practices that involve the victim, offender, and community members. Several models of restorative justice are practiced in MRJC programs including victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, circles, restorative dialogue and classroom conferencing.
The Community Mediation program allows participants a safe and confidential venue to resolve their disagreements without court involvement. Mediation can be helpful in landlord/tenant disputes, neighborhood conflicts, workplace conflicts, family issues, and consumer/merchant disputes. Mediation services are provided on a sliding-fee scale.
The goal of a Juvenile Mediation program is to address juvenile problems and conflicts that arise either at home, in school, or in the community. By resolving these issues, juveniles will improve their relationships with parents, peers, school personnel, and victims, thereby reducing the likelihood of recidivism, decreasing school behavioral problems, and increasing family harmony. Juvenile Mediation programs are primarily funded by grants from the Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils.
District Criminal Court Mediation
The District Criminal Court Mediation program provides an opportunity for those involved in a court case to sit down with a mediator to talk through their dispute and develop a lasting resolution. Each party is given an opportunity to tell their side of the story, to hear the other side, and to discuss productive ways to settle their disagreements. If the mediation is successful and an agreement is reached, the resolution is put into writing and signed by the parties, and the court case is dismissed.
Drug Treatment Court Program
The Drug Treatment Court (DTC) Program is a supervised, post-sentence treatment program for non-violent criminal offenders who struggle with addiction that helps offenders establish and maintain a sober and productive life. DTC is overseen by a team made up of a presiding judge, court professionals, and community agency representatives. The program lasts a minimum of one year and includes regular drug testing, individual and group counseling, case management, regular attendance at community support meetings, and regular court appearances before a designated judge.
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD)
Program Coming Soon!
Watauga County Only
LEAD is a pre-booking diversion program that immediately diverts eligible would-be offenders (misdemeanor/non-violent) out of potential jail incarceration and into case management services in order to disrupt cycles of chronic incarceration/criminal justice involvement and promote engagement with supportive services.
Our Boone NC Office
MRJC’s main office is located at 133 N. Water Street, Suite B, in Boone, NC, behind the Watauga County Government Center.
to schedule an appointment for services.
Metered parking is available on King Street or Queen Street. Bring quarters.
AppalCART riders use King Street and Water Street stop.
/ Pop 105 Route
Walk up Water Street across King Street (Mellow Mushroom will be behind you), past the Watauga County Government Center sign and parking lot. 133 N. Water Street will be on your left, halfway down the block. Go up the stairs and enter the building through the double doors. MRJC’s office is the second door on your right.
Mediation & Restorative Justice Center, Inc.
133 N. Water Street, Suite B
Boone, NC 28607