Peacing It Together Award Honoree
By Anthony Guglielmi, Director Public Affairs Section
Tuesday, September 8, 2009; 9:59 am
The Community Conferencing Center is proud to, each year, present the Peacing it Together Award to extraordinary individuals who help us fulfill our mission, to resolve conflict and crime without going to court, in remarkable ways.Please join us in celebrating the efforts of these Peacing it Together honorees: Baltimore City Police Department Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld, Chief Judge for MD Court of Appeals Robert M. Bell, & Chief Marshall T. Goodwin of the Baltimore City School Police Force.
Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore is a community justice program that provides alternatives to juvenile court and to school suspension. As the only program of its kind working in a large American inner city, Community Conferencing has been effective at preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system, at keeping students in school, and in building cohesive communities of accountability. Since last year’s event, over 1,400 residents (including 653 young people) of Baltimore City have participated in a Community Conference. Over 98% have resulted in agreement and there is over 95% compliance with those agreements. Victims report feeling that, “Justice was served.” Youth and their families gain access to much-needed community-based resources. Community Conferencing provides an immediate and cost-effective response to crime. For more information call (410) 889-7400 or visit www.communityconferencing.org
Updated: 09/08/09; 11:47 am