Just saw the article today about Deputy Sheriff Shane Kier's suggestion to set up a Restorative Justice program for Crawford (DCI, July 31). Doing so would be one of the very best things that could possibly be done for "at risk" youth.
My wife, Carolyn Ringo, was trained as a mediator in Durango some years ago and worked with this program there. Truly miraculous turn arounds happened with surprising frequency.
Subsequently, we lived in California for awhile and she briefly worked in their program in Santa Rosa, a relatively large city. There she found great frustration because most of the youth routed into the program were hardened gang members and seemed to be a bit beyond reach, too cool to respond. In a small town venue like Crawford, and for that matter the larger, but still "small" Delta, and all the surrounding smaller towns, I think this could be a great success.
In the long run, Restorative Justice programs, I think, save not only a lot of taxpayer dollars but young lives as well.
Geoffrey Levens, L.Ac.