Our mission is to be a major catalyst in Orange County for building and advocating for a just community by:
- using restorative programs to address legal issues, wrongdoing, conflict and the needs of harmed parties; and
- streamlining access to services that improve the health, well-being and positive behavior of individuals and the community.
The everyday life in Orange County communities is safe, just and provides opportunities for all people to thrive.
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 restorative justice center is responsible for providing direct referral services, diversion programs, pretrial services, post incarceration services, victim support, community dialogue and prevention services. OCRJC works with both youth and adults living in all towns in Orange County.
The Orange County Restorative Justice Center is funded by a grant from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services, Vermont Department of Corrections, and appropriations from all Orange County towns and private donations.
Programs and Services
Restorative Victim Services
Victims are invited to participate in all restorative justice programs to the extent that they feel comfortable.
License Reinstatement & Safe Driver Programs. Those with civil or criminally suspended drivers licenses can work with a case manager to identify and remove barriers to reinstatement. Those who have civil or criminal offenses related to dangerous driving can participate in our Safe Driver Program.
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.
Staff are available to provide information and skills training on the use of restorative justice principles for conflict resolution.