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The purpose of the Community Impact Panel (“CIP”) is to hold certain non-violent offenders (i.e. those convicted of shoplifting, public drunkenness, open container, trespassing, disorderly conduct, possession of controlled substance, etc.) more accountable for their actions by requiring them to interact with a panel made up of diverse community members including: business members/ employers, service providers, faith based organizations, victim/ victims family member, and community youth (ages 16 and older with parental consent).

For most non-violent criminal offenses, offenders are generally ordered to pay a fine monetarily or through their community service work. Those convicted of shoplifting are sometimes ordered to complete an online shoplifting prevention course, but the Court does not have any other mechanisms readily available to help these offenders understand how their actions affect their victims and the local community.

The Community Impact Panel creates a structured, positive outlet that will help offenders understand the impact of their crimes on victims and communities. The Panel also gives community members a forum to discuss the impact crime has on their lives and their businesses. Panel members will be encouraged to share their individual experiences or stories. Many offenders are unaware of the short-term and long-term physical, emotional and financial consequences their actions have on members of the community. The ultimate goal is to help the offenders develop respect and accountability for their actions.



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City of Vicksburg - Municipal Court Community Impact Panel Application



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