The Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC Community Action offers a range of services that educate the community and work with offenders, post incarceration, and to reduce recidivism through Restorative Justice programming.
Programs and Services
Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA)
COSA is a group of 3-5 trained volunteers who support an individual (Core Member) coming out of incarceration and re-entering into a community. The objective of COSA is to repair the relationships between the core member and the community by facilitating restorative activities. These activities include:
- Promoting community and victim safety
- Enhancing the coordination of services and community connections
- Cultivating healthy and positive behaviors in order to encourage and prepare for a successful future
Restorative Circles (RC)
Restorative Circles are a community process that consists of a group of 3-4 trained volunteers who work with an offender (Responsible Party) short term. The objective of this process is to give the opportunity for all parties to tell their stories in order to help the Responsible Party move past their label and towards their goal. The Circle Process includes:
- Establishing a goal and building a working plan using SMART goals
- Learning about the impact that the crime has had on the victim and community
- Making amends to the victim and community
- Reintegrating into the community
- Learning ways to avoid re-offense
Reparative Restorative Justice Panel Program (RRJPP)
The Reparative Restorative Justice Panel Program mainly focuses on offenders who have committed non-violent misdemeanor offenses. This program includes victim and/or community participation in the justice process. The Reparative Restorative Justice Panel Program seeks to provide services that intend to restore the community through intervention.
The Victim Liaison is dedicated to exclusively support victims and accepts referrals from targeted community partners to provide services. The Victim Liaison employs restorative justice methodologies, such as circle processes, to meet and understand the needs of victims of crime.