ETHOS is a diversion program based on restorative justice principles that works with those who have committed certain first-time, non-violent misdemeanor offenses. Volunteer community members engage with the person who committed the offense and victims to identify and repair the harm done to the victim, the community, and the offender. The group also works to address the root causes behind why the person committed the offense.
In the ETHOS program, eligible cases are removed from the traditional court process and referred to a community centered conversation called a “Circle.” During an ETHOS Circle, volunteer community members, trained facilitators called Circle Keepers, and the defendant engage to understand the true impact of an offense before working together to create a unique plan for the defendant to repair any harm they caused.
The ETHOS Program empowers community members to have a direct voice in determining what justice looks like in our City. All St. Paul residents are encouraged to become community volunteers and must receive basic restorative justice training before actively participating in ETHOS Circles. If you would like more information about the ETHOS program including how you can become a community volunteer please send an email.