It is the vision of JuMP that Wood County citizens will achieve conflict resolution through communication. Further, all interactions between juveniles, families, school officials, and law enforcement officers will be positive.
It is the mission of JuMP to conduct mediations in a safe environment where disputing parties can develop mutually acceptable solutions that will ultimately lead to positive behavior. As well as to empower and build a sense of accountability within citizens of the community.
What is JuMP?
JuMP is an acronym for Juvenile Mediation Program. JuMP is a chance for disputing parties to come together and talk, uninterrupted, allowing each side of the dispute to be heard. After defining the problem, solutions are created and then evaluated. Once an agreement is reached, it is prepared and signed. The mediator does not decide the outcome of the mediation, but rather guides negotiations towards obtaining a compromise and settlement.
Mediation can help to: avoid the cost, delay, and inconvenience of formal court proceedings, promote problem solving and critical thinking skills, provide empowerment and personal responsibility, and prevent future involvement with the juvenile system.
What is the Referral and Intake Process?
Parents, law enforcement officials, counselors, and school administrators can make referrals for JuMP. To begin the process a referral form must be submitted to the C.Y.C.L.E. Division of the Prosecutor’s Office. Then the case will be reviewed to determine whether mediation is appropriate. If the case meets the criteria for mediation, the disputing parties will be notified of the date, time, and location of the mediation.
How Long Will Mediation Take?
The mediation session will last approximately 1 hour, depending on the issues which are being mediated. The parties may meet for only one session or be asked to return for a second or third session.
Is JuMP Confidential?
Everything that is said during the mediation session is confidential. However, if issues involving physical or sexual abuse arise, law enforcement and Children Services must be notified.
What if an Agreement is Reached?
If an agreement is reached, the case will remain open for 90 days. If any part of the mediation agreement is violated during this period, the case will be closed and may be referred for formal processing by the Juvenile Prosecuting Attorney in the Wood County Juvenile Court.
What if no Agreement is Reached?
If no agreement is reached, or parties fail to show, the case will be referred back to the originating party.
Types of Mediation:
Victim Offender mediation gives crime victims the opportunity to share with the offender their thoughts and feelings of being victimized. It also allows the victims the opportunity to explain what they need to restore their sense of safety and/or obtain restitution for damages.
Mediation for delinquency and unruly cases provides an opportunity for the parties to discuss their roles in the dispute. Many times mediation is the first time disputants feel they have been heard without arguments ensuing.
Truancy mediation is a tool that schools can utilize to ensure a student’s success. The process brings together school personnel, parents, and students to develop a solution to their truancy concerns. By approaching the issue as a team, the factors leading to truancy can be addressed and often resolved.
For more information about JuMP, please feel free to contact Brandy Hartman.