The Winooski Community Justice Center is powered by community volunteers who are interested in improving the quality of life in Winooski.
The Winooski Community Justice Center, founded in 2000, operates as a division of the Winooski Police Department. Our programs follow restorative justice principles that view crime primarily as an act against the victim and the community. It combines community safety interests with opportunities for the victim to have a say in resolving the conflict. People who commit offenses are offered the opportunity to repair harm caused by their actions and learn new ways to avoid re-offending.
The Winooski Community Justice Center works closely with Winooski Schools, the Public Works Department, and the Department of Recreation and Wellness. We are members of the Winooski Community Coalition, and our funding comes from federal and state grants as well as donations from community organizations.
Programs and Services
Restorative Victim Services
We offer community-based emotional support and resource navigation to victims of property crimes, in the immediate aftermath of the event. 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. Through navigation of community resources, people returning from prison are offered opportunities to change their lives. Participants learn to connect with the community in a positive way and develop a plan to not re-offend.
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.
We organize volunteers to remove graffiti on both public and private properties throughout the City of Winooski. Graffiti removal occurs during warm weather months, and we have a lot of fun getting it done!
Language Interpretation Support
We manage interpretation services in 50 different languages to support police, fire, and city employees. Service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which ensures that any resident can communicate with our city workers at any time.