Offender Apologies Page 4


Dear Mr./Ms.
The (name of) agency would like to thank you for participating in the juvenile justice process. Your
participation is critical to holding the youthful offender accountable for his/her actions, and your time and
input are valued by both our agency and the juvenile justice system in (county).
As part of the youth=s disposition and accountability, we try hard to help him/her understand the impact
his/her offense had on you and your family. Our ultimate goal is for the youth to accept responsibility for
his/her actions, to develop some sensitivity to the harm s/he caused his/her victim, and to feel remorse for
his/her delinquent actions.
As such, part of our casework process encourages the youth to think about the harm s/he caused, and
write a letter of apology to you. We work closely with our youthful offenders to ensure the
appropriateness of such a letter, to the degree possible, including use of language and the context in which
the letter is written. As each victim=s experiences are unique, each victim may have personal beliefs or
feelings about what constitutes an acceptable apology.
If you would like to receive the apology letter, you can contact me at (area code/telephone number), and I
will arrange to forward it to you (it will arrive in an envelope with our agency=s watermark). If you do
not want to receive the apology letter, I will make sure a copy goes into the youthful offender=s case file
to reflect his/her efforts to be held accountable for his/her actions.
I appreciate your consideration of this request. If you have any questions or need any additional
information, please contact me at (area code/telephone number).


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