Sites Colorado Restorative Justice Proudly Funds

RJ Colorado Funded Site www.bouldercounty.org/safety/court/pages/juvedivprogram.aspx

Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice, Office of the District Attorney, 20th Judicial District

The Center for Prevention and Restorative Justice (CPRJ) in the Boulder County DA’s Office operates an innovative restorative diversion program that emphasizes accountability and prevention and offers an alternative to formal prosecution for juveniles and adults who are taking responsibility for their offense. CPRJ’s restorative diversion program holds diversion participants meaningfully accountable for their offense and supports them to make repairs to victims and others harmed by their actions, while also diminishing the damaging collateral consequences of a criminal conviction in appropriate cases.

CPRJ’s diversion model is unique as it utilizes community supervision and restorative practices concurrently: supervision to build skills and connect participants to community-based services to address underlying needs driving criminal behavior, and restorative justice to hold participants accountable, meet victims’ needs, repair harm from the crime, and support community reintegration. Diversion services are tailored to individual risk, need, and responsivity, and the program has significantly expanded access to interventions and RJ for high-needs juveniles and removed barriers resulting in higher utilization of community resources.

CPRJ’s in-house Restorative Justice program, DARJ, provides high-quality, victim-centered restorative services and also partners with community-based RJ providers. Victims and harmed individuals, family members and supports, law enforcement, school personnel, and other community members are empowered to participate in a facilitated restorative justice process and have a say in the process and outcome. During the RJ conference, victims are supported to tell their story, ask questions of the offender, and assert their needs; offenders are supported to better understand the impact of their actions, take meaningful responsibility, and repair the harm to the extent possible. DARJ oversees an active and well-trained group of volunteers and provides regular trainings for new volunteers who are interested in becoming RJ facilitators or community members.

CPRJ’s restorative diversion program is achieving overwhelmingly positive outcomes, including high success rates, 100% victim satisfaction with restorative justice services, and remarkably low recidivism, and has become a leader in smart and progressive juvenile and criminal justice reform in the country. With expansion to adult diversion in 2016 and to county court diversion in 2017, the Boulder County DA’s Office is diverting more cases than ever while effectively increasing community safety. The positive impact is being felt throughout Boulder County as juvenile diversion recidivism has decreased, fewer low-risk youth are being detained, and the number of new juvenile probation clients has dropped.

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RJ Colorado Funded Site restorativeprograms.org/

District Attorney’s Office 12th Judicial District

The District Attorney’s Office for the 12th Judicial District in collaboration with The Center for Restorative Programs provides diversion opportunities for juvenile first time offenders.

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RJ Colorado Funded Site www.fullcirclerj.net

Full Circle Restorative Justice

FCRJ works to implement restorative practices in the Schools and Justice System by promoting a peaceful Community Justice approach to Conflict Resolution; while helping repair the harm caused by criminal behaviors through a Restorative Justice process which holds offenders accountable, and empowers and heals victims and communities.

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RJ Colorado Funded Site www.lpys.org

La Plata Youth Services

La Plata Youth Services’ (LPYS) mission is to support and advocate for youth facing challenges in school, home, or court. LPYS’ ultimate vision is that all youth are empowered and have the support and resources they need to strengthen their well-being and engage positively in their community. All of La Plata Youth Services programs and services are geared toward improving supports and resources for youth, increasing assets and protective factors for youth, and reducing the number of youth who enter the juvenile justice system. Youth are referred to La Plata Youth Services by schools, law enforcement agencies, and the courts. We manage all juvenile diversion cases for the courts including truancy cases for participating schools in La Plata County; coordinate court- and school-based restorative practices and programs; and in partnership with the La Plata County Collaborative Management Program, provide a series of client-centered, community-based, collaborative programs, designed to serve the highest-need youth in our community. In 2016-17, LPYS reached 642 students through prevention and early-intervention programming, in our truancy and court diversion programs, and collaborative management services.

Community-in-Schools Partnership Program (CISP) focuses on delivering prevention and early intervention services to students facing significant, adverse barriers to school attendance in the school setting. The program concentrates on improving school climate and coordinated delivery of community resources at school including mentorship, family outreach, mental health, case management, advocacy, tutoring, and transportation. CISP was piloted in the 2014-15 school year at one middle and two elementary schools in the 9-R School District. In the 2015-16 school year CISP expanded to include to include Miller Middle School (MMS). Over the past three years, three consistent areas of focus for CISP have emerged across all schools participating: 1) improving and capitalizing on positive school climates; 2) implementing positive, strengths-based and supportive intervention models that leverage both school and community resources; and 3) coordinating a delivery of community resources in the school setting. At the heart of these areas of focus is early intervention programming and restorative practices. 

In 2015-16 the CISP team at MMS conducted a strengths and needs assessment. The main need that came out of that process was around alternatives to address behavioral incidents, truancy, and reduce office referrals and suspensions. It was decided that the most effective avenue to address this was to adopt school-wide restorative practices and interventions. CISP meetings then focused on project planning to implement RP for the 2016-17 school year. To support the continued development of the CISP program at MMS, LPYS applied for and received fy17 Juvenile Restorative Justice Diversion funding from the Colorado Restorative Justice Council to implement a school-based restorative justice program at MMS. This funding has allowed LPYS and 9-R to expand the CISP Program at MMS to include a restorative framework with the following project goals: 1) build positive peer-to-peer relationships between students, teachers, administration, staff, and parents at MMS as outlined in 9-R Action Plan, Action Item #4: building positive school climate and connecting positive behaviors to student engagement, academic success, and postsecondary readiness; 2) develop a comprehensive framework for the restorative justice program at MMS with the support of the Community-in-Schools Partnership (CISP) program that empowers students to build positive relationships, and prevents and repairs harm; and 3) improve positive outcomes for students that will ultimately help keep them out of the juvenile justice system. 

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RJ Colorado Funded Site www.sitecomingsoon.com

Restorative Justice Community Council

Restorative Justice Community Council is a non-profit that provides a voluntary opportunity for young people who have committed offenses to deal with their charge in a way that is meaningful to them and the community. We are committed to a restorative and balanced approach to crime and conflict that promotes justice and resolution to victims, reparation to the community, and accountability, personal development, and reintegration of the offender into productive community life.

Our primary purpose is to heal the impacts of crime through accountability and commitment to repair harm by offering diversion through restorative conferencing to juveniles in the 8 th Judicial District and to fuel the growth of restorative justice practices throughout Larimer County.

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RJ Colorado Funded Site www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/DistrictAttorney/

Weld County District Attorney’s Office Diversion Program, 19th Judicial District

In accordance with Restorative Justice legislation, the Weld County District Attorney’s Office Diversion Program is partially funded as a Pilot Site for Juvenile Diversion RJ Programming. Prior to the implementation of this legislation, there was no formal RJ Programming in Weld County. A partnership with local non-profit Youth and Family Connections (YFC) was created as a result. The District Attorney’s Office refers suitable Juvenile Diversion participants to the Weld County Restorative Justice program operating within the YFC Organization. Weld County RJ staff coordinate volunteers and arrange facilitation of RJ Processes. RJ processes that Weld County RJ offers include Restorative Justice Conference Circles, Restore Shoplifting Conferences, and Rethinking Substances; the latter being funded by Senate Bill 94 when it was determined that RJ could be an appropriate response to substance use by juveniles in the community.

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RJ Colorado Funded Site www.youthzone.com

Youth Zone

YouthZone is a non-profit organization that has served youth and their families from Aspen to Parachute for over 40 years. YouthZone offers Restorative Justice services, court case management, counseling, and support classes and groups. YouthZone’s Restorative Justice Program includes victim-offender circles, Restorative Justice Practices training and education for schools and the community and volunteer opportunities. At YouthZone, our Restorative Justice program strives to create opportunities to heal harm while also holding youth offenders accountable for their actions and giving crime victims and community members a voice.

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