The Only Constant Is Change

Change can be both exciting and come with a sense of sadness. Deb Witzel, the RJ Coordinator for the Colorado Judicial Department, has moved on to a wonderful new adventure using RJ in a different capacity. We are sad to see her go and excited for the next chapter for both her and RJ in Colorado. We are now searching for a new coordinator to work with RJ statewide. This link will bring you to the job posting and more details. In the meantime, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Brenidy Rice and I am the manager of the Criminal Justice Programs Unit with the Colorado Judicial Department. I have worked in the criminal and dependency and neglect system for over 12 years, in alternative programs, and worked at the state level for the past six. I supervise a team that includes the RJ coordinator position. I will be doing my best to move things forward with the RJ Council while we work to hire a new coordinator. Please feel free to reach out with questions and share this opportunity widely! ..

Building Implementation Capacity for Restorative Justice in CO

My name is Joanne Esch; I first began working in restorative justice in 2009 at the Longmont Community Justice Partnership and have remained passionate about RJ ever since. I am currently a PhD candidate in the Communication Department at CU Boulder and my research focuses on restorative justice and implementation science. My dissertation aims to identify drivers and barriers to successful RJ implementation in criminal justice contexts. With support from the RJ Council and the assistance of implementers around the state, I am investigating questions such as: ..

Support for Crime Victims

Colorado supports victim-centered restorative justice practices. This means restorative justice practitioners hold the care and concern for victims of crime as primary when preparing for and conducting a restorative justice process. ..

Does RJ work? District Attorney Stan Garnett thinks so

HB13-1254 initiated restorative justice in four juvenile diversion pilot programs through District Attorney’s office in CO. Almost three years after these programs started using restorative justice success and satisfaction of participants and District Attorney Stan Garnett are evident. In an article from the Boulder Daily Camera, Mitchell Byars reports that recidivism is down and satisfaction for victims who participate in restorative justice processes is 100%. http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_30695015/restorative-justice-helping-boulder-county-juvenile-offenders  ..

Restorative Culture in School unifies students post-election

Restorative Culture in School unifies students post-election

Heightened emotions, disconnects and unknowns litter communities, schools and families in this post-election atmosphere of the U.S. But in places where school leaders have been pro-active in developing a restorative culture for their school using trauma-informed care, restorative practices and sharing supportive resources there has been little disruption. Restorative school climate provides a safe place for students and adults to talk about their perspectives respectfully.  ..

Guiding Documents For Restorative Justice Practices In CO Up For Review

Guiding Documents For Restorative Justice Practices In CO Up For Review

Each year the RJ Council makes a time for the RJ Community to review and provide comment on the living documents that guide our restorative justice practices in CO. These documents include the Training Guidelines, Facilitator Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice and the newly created and adopted Restorative Practices in Schools Guide. The feedback and comments are taken into consideration by the RJ Council and may be integrated into updated versions of these documents in order to keep them relevant to the work of practitioners, consultants and trainers as well as people planning to implement and begin using restorative justice practices.  ..

Restorative Justice at Colorado organization for victim assistance (COVA)

Restorative Justice at Colorado organization for victim assistance (COVA)

COVADeb Witzel and I just finished facilitating our workshop “Where Restorative Justice and Victim Services Meet – Stepping Forward Together” at the 2016 COVA conference in beautiful Keystone, Colorado. The attendees to the workshop brought a wide range of experience in restorative practices and the victim services field. The goal of the workshop was to provide the audience with usable information about restorative practices in Colorado and emphasize the importance of victim service agencies involvement throughout the process. Toward the end of the workshop we facilitated a liberating structure asking the question “How can we better assess if RJ is appropriate for victims?”  Attendees gave thoughtful responses and insight into this important question which was captured in part on the following flipchart paper: ..

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