Strengthening Communities with Peaceful Resolutions
HACJC Restorative Justice Processes and Reintegration Services focus on making amends for harm to those impacted by crime or other offenses and the community. Those harmed and those who caused harm come together with guidance from HACJC staff and volunteers to understand the impact of the offense and to determine how best to restore the individuals and the community.
Programs and Services
Restorative Victim Services
Victims are invited to participate in all restorative justice programs to the extent that they feel comfortable.
Restorative Justice Programs
Restorative justice programs allow for direct community involvement in the resolution of criminal offenses through participation in Restorative Justice Panels, restorative conferences and/or restorative circles. People directly affected by a crime have an opportunity to participate in a justice process where they can articulate their needs, ask questions, seek restorative actions and receive support from their community. Those responsible for a crime can learn about the harm, make amends, and build a positive connection with their community.
Restorative Reentry Programs
These programs enhance community safety as people return to their communities from prison. Services offered include Family Reintegration Counseling to promote healing and Reintegration Navigation, in which staff and citizen volunteers assist with issues such as transportation and a variety of life skills. Navigation services may last up to one year and may begin prior to release.
Those who have committed serious offenses may join a Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA), a personalized network of community members who volunteer their time to support the person’s actions as he or she builds a crime-free life.
Community Conflict Assistance
This program facilitates dialogue related to neighborhood and community issues. Professional mediation services help community members talk about and find solutions to their conflicts, which may involve such issues as noise, pets, boundaries, and landlord-tenant disputes.
HACJC provides educational events, volunteer training, and referrals to resources and programs for participants, businesses, community members and schools.
We offer a variety of educational workshops throughout the year, which may include parenting classes, support for resume writing, instruction and practice with interviewing skills, and various other life skills needed to succeed in the community.
Volunteer for HACJC
Participate in your community! Empowering the citizens of the Hardwick area communities is paramount to the success of HACJC programs. A volunteer Citizens’ Advisory Board representing the diversity of the community governs HACJC. Volunteer Restorative Justice Panel and COSA members represent the community in these restorative programs.
To learn more about our programs or to become a volunteer, please contact us at (802) 644-1960 or see our website.