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.  ..

RJ case studies from facilitator's perspective

My name is Chris Dinnan, and I am one of the many recent newcomers to Colorado. My wife and I moved here in August of this year because we love it, yes, but mostly because both of our children (and now two grand-children) live here. We had lived in Vermont for almost 30 years prior to this move. ..

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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