Addison County Restorative Justice Services (ACRJS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing restorative justice programs to the residents of Addison County.
Our agency was created by the Vermont legislature as a voluntary, confidential alternative to the traditional court process for certain youth and adults who are willing to take responsibility for their unlawful actions. We also provide opportunities for people convicted of higher-level offenses to receive support and take responsibility for their actions through our collaboration with the Vermont Department of Corrections.
Our programs focus on the “Balanced Approach” restorative justice model, which considers the needs of the victims, the community, and person who offended to create a solution that settles the matter for everyone. The goal is to help the offender develop empathy and accept responsibility while providing compensation for loss to the victims, and compensation of resources to the community. Participants are expected to complete tasks determined in collaboration with a volunteer panel, as well as gain the skills necessary to prevent future offenses or involvement with the criminal justice system.
Programs and Services
Restorative Justice Programs
Restorative justice programs allow for direct community involvement in the resolution of criminal offenses through participation in Restorative Justice Panels, Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA), 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.
Balanced and Restorative Justice Program (BARJ) Community Mentor
BARJ is a program designed for high-risk youth who are referred by the Department of Children and Families.
Court Diversion Program
This is a program that offers an alternative to traditional court proceedings.
Diversion Driver’s License Reinstatement Program
The Civil DLS Diversion Program is designed to help people regain their driver’s license while they pay off their fines and fees.
Pretrial Monitoring Services
Pretrial Monitoring implement pretrial services as outlined in Vermont Act 195 to improve our criminal justice system. Pretrial services include performing a risk assessment and needs screenings.
Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program (YSASP)
YSASP is a program specifically designed for persons aged 16-20 who are caught consuming, possessing, or attempting to obtain alcohol or marijuana.