Reentry Conferences bring together individuals, their family, supporting members of the community, and victims when possible. The purpose is to determine the person’s needs and to design a plan that will facilitate successful reintegration into the community. Members of the community are involved in the Reentry Conferences because they, too, have a responsibility in the reintegration of both the person who committed the harm and the person harmed.
The community is often ignored under the current system. The result is an environment in which individuals returned to their neighborhoods are feared and isolated. In a restorative model, community members become monitors of the agreement developed in the conference and facilitate obtaining services and support necessary for the individual and victim to resume their place in the community as productive and meaningful members of society. The impact of community participation is that neighbors once again can feel safe because they know that community members are being nurtured, supported, and supervised where necessary.