Restorative Justice Funding Roundtable Part 1: Sustaining Programs - Stories from the Field

CBS Local News - Featured HRVOD Story

High-Risk Victim Offender Dialogue practitioners Lynn Lee and Melissa Westover facilitated a face-to-face dialogue between Rene Lima-Marin, who committed an armed robbery at a Blockbuster in Aurora twenty years ago, and Jason Kasperek a Blockbuster employee who was held up at gunpoint during the armed robbery. Please see the full CBS local story by going to the following link  ..

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! ..

Colorado High Impact VOD Programs Get a Boost

In 2011, Colorado state law created new opportunities for victims of crime in the form of High Impact Victim Offender Dialogues. High Impact VODs offer victims and survivors of serious, violent crimes the opportunity to meet face to face with the offender in their case for a facilitated dialogue process. The outcomes of these cases in the CO Department of Corrections have been overwhelmingly successful. ..

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: ..

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