Our mission is to provide opportunities for conflict resolution where:
- citizens are empowered to maintain and enhance community wellbeing using restorative justice practices
- victims play a central role in the proceedings and their needs are heard and addressed
- people who offend are given the chance to take responsibility and be accountable for the harm they caused in a fair and reasonable manner
We believe that it’s better to try to resolve problems by inviting all of those affected to come together, understand the harm and decide how the situation can be improved for everyone. Specifically, the community justice center is responsible for providing direct referral services, post incarceration services, victim support, community dialogue and prevention services. The community justice center works with both youth and adults living in Bethel, Braintree, and Randolph.
The Orange County Community Justice Center is funded by a grant from the Vermont Department of Corrections.
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 facilitating dialogue between inmates and family to promote healing and reintegration and the opportunity to learn new skills and make amends.
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.
Various forums are offered on topics related to justice and community civility.
Staff are available to provide information and skills training on the use of restorative justice principles for conflict resolution.