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Boulder's new restorative justice partnership

Aug 07, 2014

from the article by Bill Ellis in the Daily Camera:

Under House Bill 13-1254 the 20-year-old Longmont Community Justice Partnership ( ), will be expanded to become the 20th Judicial District's pilot project in Boulder. Boulder will import successful innovation from Longmont. Below is a snapshot of what you can expect.

Easy to volunteer. I took the four-hour training to become a community member volunteer....

The circle's ground rules. We sat in a circle of chairs facing each other...

There will be tears. Henry then guided the offender in discussing what he'd done, and how the offense had affected him....

Educators in blue.... In every circle I've attended, police officers become teachers speaking soulfully to young offenders, urging them to respect their community as good citizens....

Harm to the Community. As a community member... it is my job to make sure everyone understands that offenders are valuable members of the community; locking them away in a jail solves nothing and can result in a life of repeated offenses.... 

Building a contract for repairing harms. Jim's role as co-facilitator is to record the circle's suggestions in a brainstorming session to repair harm....

Remarkable results. From Executive Director of LCJP, Candy Campbell: "Our community restorative justice program serves over 225 offenders, 125 victims and incorporates over 3,500 volunteer hours each year...."

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