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Join The Estes Valley Restorative Justice Team

School Resource Officer Caleb Robertson and volunteers participate in Restorative Justice facilitator training.  Courtesy photo

School Resource Officer Caleb Robertson and volunteers participate in Restorative Justice facilitator training. Courtesy photo

Residents of the Estes Valley are invited to join the Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership team. Restorative Justice is a non-profit organization composed of 25 volunteer facilitators who conduct an “alternative to court” process built upon restorative justice principles. The next volunteer facilitator training is scheduled for November 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, in Room 202 of the Municipal Building, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue. Training is free with a one year commitment to Restorative Justice upon completion. To register, contact Michael Crabbs, Case Manager, at 577-3829.

Facilitator trainees will learn skills in group leadership, active listening, communication, discernment, reframing, and mediation. Upon completion, participants will be exposed to restorative justice principles and will start a mentoring process to facilitate Community Group Conferences.

The community Group Conference is led by two facilitators and is the primary activity to address juvenile and adult crime as an alternative to the punitive/retributive criminal justice system. All Restorative Justice programs promote these core values: Repair harm to victims, offenders and community; reconciliation and repair of relationships; reintegration into the community; responsibility taken by all individuals for their part in the incident; restitution to victims; and respect given and received by all. Conferences give everyone—victims, offenders, and community members—an opportunity to speak and be heard. Within the conference, the victim’s story is heard; the harms to the victim and community are identified; ideas for repair based upon the offender’s assets are established; a contract to repair the harms is initiated; and, upon successful completion of the contract, there is no criminal entry on the offender’s record.

For more information on Restorative Justice, please call 970-577-3829. To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail spetrie@estes.org.

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