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NVMS Supports Juveniles Through Restorative Justice

RANDY JONES TOLL NAMED NEW ALTERNATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM LIASION

FAIRFAX, VA (September 23, 2020) – Randy Jones Toll, a long-time mediator/mentor, supporter, board member, and recent past president of the Board of Directors of NVMS Conflict Resolution Center has agreed to serve as the new NVMS Restorative Justice/Alternative Accountability Program (AAP) liaison, effective October 1, 2020. Earlier this month, Randy had resigned from the Board of Directors. She had been serving on an expired term in order to keep NVMS running smoothly until the new Executive Director was hired and oriented – all in the midst of this global pandemic.

“It is so gratifying to be affiliated with the NVMS CRC and its partners. I am proud of the work we do and the accomplishments we’ve made over these past years — and of the resilience, dedication and team work that continues to get us through the overwhelming trials of our times. Restorative justice and the AAP bring immense value to our community and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it,” says Randy Jones Toll.

Under its long-standing commitment to Restorative Justice (RJ) services, NVMS has been able to address harm and conflict arising from juvenile crimes through Fairfax County’s AAP. NVMS also offers training and mentoring to develop skilled RJ practitioners as well as education in the community about the positive values of RJ and the AAP.

NVMS’s AAP has been under the helm of restorative justice practitioners and volunteers, Bill Casey and Leigh Pence, since its inception in 2015. Bill will continue to serve AAP in an advisory capacity. NVMS recognizes Leigh Pence for the exemplary case management of AAP cases. Leigh joined Freddie Mac this past August.

“Community programs thrive with the infusion of new leadership and skills over time. Randy is uniquely situated to offer these attributes to the AAP as it confronts unprecedented challenges during these extraordinary times,” says Bill Casey.

“On behalf of the entire NVMS family, I cannot thank Bill Casey and Leigh Pence enough for creating the foundation of and steering the NVMS Alternative Accountability Program and our dedicated partners. It is the organization’s good fortune that Randy is able to take on the baton from Bill and Leigh, and provide the necessary continuity, leadership, and stewardship to grow the program. It’s great to find a place within the organization for a powerhouse like Randy,” says Arleen Ramirez Borysiewicz, Executive Director.

The Alternative Accountability Program gives the opportunity for certain juvenile offenses to be handled through a restorative justice program rather than the court system. It is formed through a partnership among the Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Fairfax County Police Department, Fairfax City Police Department, Herndon Police Department, Vienna Police Department, Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and the Northern Virginia Mediation Service Conflict Resolution Center.

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