The use of mediation techniques to resolve conflicts among American youth has grown in popularity over the past two decades; Conflict resolution programs have blossomed in school systems, but there has been a dearth of mediation programs for one of our most violent youth groups: incarcerated juveniles. In this article, we describe and analyze the effects and the potential success of our program through the data we have collected. Our article will first describe the objectives and content of our mediation program in Juvenile Hall in San Diego. Relying on sociological and psychological theory in our second section, we will posit that the development of empathy and self-empowerment in disputants through the mediation process can help resolve disputes and reduce violence.Finally, we will assess the effects of our program in transforming its participants by offering data we have gathered thus far. The article will conclude with a critique of our results and suggestions for the future.
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