Refer A Criminal Case

All criminal cases referred as Sentencing Circles must be referred through the agreement of all parties (defendant, prosecuting attorney, victim), including the court.  

 

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General steps in the referral process include:

  1. Agreement by all parties to refer the case to Circles - includes victim (if one identified), defendant, defense attorney, prosecutor, and court.  The court will be the one to make the actual referral at a plea hearing and will set the Sentencing Hearing approximately 4 months out.
  2. WCCC receives application from the court &  contact the defendant and victim (if one identified) and set up an Application Circle.
  3. Hold APplication Circle and notify parties, including the court, of the outcome - whether we will accept the case.  We will send a notice of the decision to all parties.
When I first started Circle, I was deeply sad and angry at the same time... I felt things were hopeless and I was tired of feeling spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally forsaken... Today I feel different... I know today that I am remorseful because I see the effect as it plays out in my children and my partnership. However, I am determined to create better memories for my children, my husband, my loved ones and myself.
— Former Victim and Client

If you have any questions about the referral process, please do not hesitate to contact us at  contact@peacemakingcircles.org