108 Cherry Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
tel: (802) 748-2977
fax: (802) 748-3146
Restorative justice programs enable the victim, the offender
and affected members of the community to be directly involved
in responding to crime or wrongdoing.
Justice Center staff facilitate a variety of programs and processes
that aim at holding offenders accountable for their actions, repairing
the harm done to victims and the community, and restoring the
offender to a productive role in the community.
Referrals to the Justice Center's restorative justice programs
may be made by club and activity leaders, The St. Johnsbury School
and St. Johnsbury Academy, the St. Johnsbury Police Department
and Vermont State Police, the Caledonia County State's Attorney
or the Caledonia County Courts.
Restorative justice processes used at the Justice Center include
- Reparative Boards:
Each Reparative Board is comprised of five
trained community volunteers who meet with the victim(s) and
offender to help the offender understand the impact of the crime
or wrongdoing on both the victim(s) and the community. The group
then comes to an agreement for repairing the harm done, holding
the offender accountable for his or her actions, and helping
the offender learn ways to avoid re-offending
- Group Conferences:
In a group conference a trained facilitator
guides a discussion among victim(s), offender(s), and others
who have been impacted by the crime or wrongdoing. The group
discusses the impact of the offense, educating the offender
about how they and their community were affected by the person's
actions. The group then agrees on how the offender will be held
accountable for his or her actions, how the harm done will be
repaired, and how the offender will learn not to re-offend.
- Victim/Offender Mediation:
When the crime or wrong-doing stems
from a pre-existing dispute between the victim and the offender,
the best way to address the matter may be to mediate the underlying
dispute so that the individuals can resolve their differences
and agree between them how any harm done should be resolved.
In these cases a trained mediator meets with the parties to
the dispute to arrive at a mediation agreement.