I am the Justice coordinator with the Salvation Army in Swift Current. Part of my duties is to bring victims and offenders together to decide what will resolve the issues between the resulting from the criminal actions of the offender. The offender has to accept responsibiliy for his/her actions as a starting point. The Prosecutor has to approve every case that the RCMP submits before I will ever see the case. In the event that the process fails, the offender has to go to court.
In a recent case, three young offenders were apprehended during the summer, having been responsible for throwing apples at passing vehicles and trespassing in people's yards after dark. The one young person that lived away from Swift Current had his case waived out of province for further action. The two youth dealt with in a local mediation agreed to write letters to apologize for their actions. As the actual victims are unknown, it was felt best to address it to the community at large.
The advantage of involvement in the Alternative Measures process is confidentiality, the ability to "make things right" with the victim, and the fact that the offender will not obtain a criminal record for the offense if completed successfully. I have withheld the name of the offenders pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Harvey Lomax, Justice Coordinator, Southwest Adult and Restore Youth Alternative Measures Program
To whom it may concern:
On July 16, 2012 I trespassed on some peoples' property. In addition to trespassing, I also got into some mischief. I behaved very childish and could have caused harm to innocent people and I feel bad.
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to those individuals involved. As a result of my actions I have been volunteering my time helping out in the community. I want to be a respected citizen of Swift Current and I want to be a role model for the youth and want my peers and family to respect me.
In closing, please accept my apology and trust that I have learned my lesson and will never behave that way again.
During the summer a couple of my friends and I got into some trouble because we were throwing crab apples at passing cars and houses. Please accept my sincere apology for the damage I did and my stupidity.
I know this caused great inconvenience to the people involved, including the cops and the people whose cars we may have hit.
I deeply regret my carelessness and the trouble this has caused. You can be sure that I will be more careful and make better choices in the future.