The South Burlington Community Justice Center seeks to create and enhance the sense of community in South Burlington by fostering relationships, honest dialogue, respect and healing. We strive to prevent and address crime and conflict in South Burlington, Shelburne and Charlotte by working with those involved through shared decision making to make things right.
The South Burlington Community Justice Center (SBCJC) provides opportunities to address crime and conflict as a community, at the local level, through a restorative justice approach. The SBCJC is a department of the South Burlington Police Department of the City of South Burlington. Community member volunteers, who are trained in restorative practices, are integral to the functioning of the SBCJC and the services we offer. Like our page on Facebook.
Programs and Services
Restorative Victim Services
The Parallel Justice Program provides assistance to victims of crime in South Burlington. This can include support, referrals to resources, and/or financial assistance for the damages.
Restorative Justice Programs
Restorative justice programs allow for direct community involvement in the resolution of criminal offenses or civil instances of harm 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 restorative justice process where they can explain 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.
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.
Community Dialogue and Education
We organize and facilitate community forums that provide opportunities for dialogue about community issues, as well as community trainings for topics related to our mission.
Restorative Schools Initiatives
SBCJC staff are available for training, technical assistance, and collaborative planning to bring restorative justice practices to South Burlington schools and to all organizations that work with youth in our community.
Restorative classes in conjunction with the Essex CJC for people who have criminal driving offenses to reflect on driving habits and choices.