By Cynthia Germain
The Juvenile Restitution Program through the Lakeshore Community Action Program helps young people be accountable for offenses with focus on developing work competency and making victims whole. The JRP serves offenders age 10 to 17 who have been ordered to complete community service or pay restitution, and Sandi Soik, Manager of the Door County Lakeshore CAP and coordinator of the JRP, says that the program is very structured with assistance getting a job, ultimately having 75% of their earnings go to pay their victims for losses caused by their actions. Soik adds that this helps not only the youth’s current situation but prepares them for a more positive future.
Soik says that youth in the program have paid $136,000 in restitution and completed approximately 40,000 hours in community services since its inception in 1991. The JRP also collaborates with a number of local agencies and organizations to coordinate unpaid community service work and work with the young people to transition into responsible adulthood.