In 2011, Colorado state law created new opportunities for victims of crime in the form of High Impact Victim Offender Dialogues.
Restorative Justice In The Justice System
Restorative justice in the justice system emphasizes the recognition and repair of harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be surprising and transformational for all involved. Restorative justice is rapidly proliferating throughout our justice system simply because it works. It reduces re-offense rates by as much as 50% and draws satisfaction rates of >95% for victims, community members and offenders.
Restorative Justice makes our communities safer, precisely because it calls the community to the table in a way that simply does not happen in conventional court rooms. It is by the very process of engaging conflict and wrongdoing, that the community has to in fact define itself, thus inviting norms and ways of living together to be reconsidered and reestablished.
Restorative justice helps offenders successfully reintegrate into society by way of offering a venue for accountability and remorse.
For those most directly affected by crimes, restorative justice provides a venue for questions to be answered, hurt to be expressed and experience to be heard.
In Colorado, restorative justice can be found throughout the spectrum of entry points prior to and within the system. Regardless of where the restorative justice practice is applied all parties are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
HB13-1254 provided for 4 juvenile diversion pre-file restorative pilots projects. More information can be accessed by clicking here.
Other legislation passed over the years in Colorado has provided restorative language, support for integration and information dissemination as well as requirements for use in the justice system. Colorado is the national leader in implementation of restorative justice practices by law according to a report released by Dr. Shannon Sliva.
Integrating restorative justice practices throughout the justice system is a humane, justice and satisfying approach for many people.
For more information contact: Deb Witzelat firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 625-5964.
Officer Greg Reprecht sees Restorative Justice in action by keeping offenders from becoming repeat offenders.