If all parties (Victim and Offender) agree to participate, RAMP will then assess the case and determine which of the program options would best suit the needs of the victim and the offender. Some of the RAMP options include:
The victim and the accused person meet with a trained facilitator.
Community Justice Forums:
The victims(s), the accused person(s), and other community members who are relevant to the case meet with a trained facilitator.
Community Justice Circles:
“Circles” are a generic name for processes to resolve a conflict or issue between an offender, a victim(s), and/or community members. Circles usually involve the accused, the victim, a facilitator, and a wide range of individuals such as family supports, community members, professionals, and others.
The Stop-Lift Program was developed for referrals that deal with charges in connection with shoplifting and thefts of goods from retail stores. Specific cases of fraud, such as “price tag switching” are also referred to the Stop-Lift Program.
The program consists of the accused completing four community service hours at an agency prior to attending the Stop-Left Educational Program. The educational program is approximately four hours in length and is facilitated by a RAMP facilitator. RAMP invites presenters from a variety of community organizations to discuss the impacts of shoplifting. Speakers include: A police officer, loss-prevention officer, a community member and an elder.
Lastly, a letter of experience is to be submitted to RAMP by the offender. This letter is forwarded to the retail store where the offence occurred.
Stop-Lift is a program that is meant to educate first time and frequent shop-lifters on the impact of their actions. Further, it is used to help them understand that the impact of shoplifting goes well beyond themselves and the store.