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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    from victims and survivors of various crimes including Homicide DUI Fatality Arson Burglary and Vandalism Aggravated Sexual Assault and Rape Murder and contain personal items that help represent who these individuals were before the crime and how they have been impacted since The exhibit also includes art created by those who have committed crimes Art Empathy a class at Northern State Correctional Facility s Community High School challenged offenders to show specific parts of their stories through visual art The goal was to engage offenders in learning about empathy compassion and accountability with the overall objective of helping them conceptualize and create a piece of art that expresses their understanding of the impact that their actions have had on the victim in their case The display is characterized as revealing enlightening a little gritty and showing real talent This exhibit is the result of a semester long Art Empathy course and the piece of that story that they are sharing with you through their individual work of art represents their conception of who they were before they committed their crime their connection to the victim and who they aspire to be in the future as they live in honor of

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/rj-week.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    Phone 802 251 8142 Hours 9 a m 5 p m M F Victim Resources Victims Rights Safety The victim should always be prepared for the meeting Validation Being heard and believed Information Victims need information from the offender and about reparative probation the intent of the meeting the facts of the case Choice Having control of their part of the situation Chance to Tell Their Story Victims need the

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/victim-resources.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    and personal experiences Impact panelists find participating helpful in the healing process and can influence those listening to make better choices Program Goals To give Victim s survivors the opportunity to share their story and be heard To educate DUI offenders justice professionals students and community members about the physical emotional and financial consequences of impaired or reckless driving To learn more about VIP visit http www doc state vt us victim services dui http www vtsafety org vip htm Click here to download a VVIPP brochure VIP and BCJC Dan Ridgway is now the VIP Coordinator he will work with a BCJC staff to deliver this panel in Brattleboro 3 to 4 times a year I am committed to keeping our roads safe by assuring drivers are not doing anything that impairs their ability to drive safely A person who drives while legally intoxicated creates a hazard for all of us using the highways I believe the Victim Impact Panel does change participants views and beliefs about drinking and driving That is why I am part of running these panels Larry Hames Executive Director BCJC From feedback I ve received the DUI VIP program really reaches DUI offenders in ways that other programs don t Participants start to get it that drinking and driving wrecks too many lives in so many ways and not just their own The costs and impacts personally and societally are vast and long lasting VIP makes a distinction between drinking versus drinking and driving Individuals are making a choice when they drink and get behind the wheel of a car and with that choice comes responsibility To that end participants discuss practical ideas and make realistic plans for how not to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking plans which are probed

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/victim-impact-panel.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    email director brattleborocjc org if you are interested in being informed about upcoming volunteer trainings Community Events The BCJC holds several community events throughout the year including film showings and discussions speakers justice and literature events other gatherings to support and promote restorative justice and an annual celebration RJ Week BCJC in the News Play Explores Restorative Justice Susan Keese s VPR interview about Restorative Justice 2010 and NEYT s

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/news.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    of the probationer The informal structured conversation in these meetings among Panelists victims and the person who committed the offense leads to an agreement of activities and plan of action for the person who offended to repair the harm to those affected parties restore relations with the community and keep from committing future offenses For a commentary given by one of our volunteers on the Reparative Probation process that aired on VPR in 2008 see http www vpr net episode 42776 COSA Member Circle of Support and Accountability volunteers provide group mentoring with specific objectives and guidelines to help a person who has committed a serious and violent offense become a productive safe citizen upon release from prison A COSA includes three to four volunteers and the reentry participant core member COSAs meet weekly and volunteers are encouraged to maintain other contact individually according to their comfort level This support encourages the core member to engage in healthy recreation overcome addictions find employment keep appointments etc CAB Member The Citizen Advisory Board provides oversight to the Brattleboro Community Justice Center its activities and goals assuring that the restorative justice needs and wishes of the greater Brattleboro area are carried out within the capabilities of the Justice Center Responsibilities Organizational Collaborate with the Director of the Center to develop and publish an annual plan which coincides with the prescribed fiscal year Evaluate the progress of written goals on a semi annual basis Assure appropriate community representation on the CAB as specified in the Department of Corrections operating grant Establish CAB operating guidelines and submit to Town Manager for approval Record minutes of each meeting of the CAB and forward to the Town Manager Fiscal Review and endorse the yearly budget prepared by the Director which is subsequently approved by the Town

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/volunteer.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    and their victims by exploring the following Who has been harmed What are their needs What needs to happen in order to repair the harm or begin to make things right What does the offender need to learn in order to avoid re offending Together the offender and the panel form contracts that have him her addressing the above questions and working towards repairing the harm Victims are contacted by the BCJC and are invited to be a part of the process either through direct participation or by some other means that meets the victim s needs They are invited to the process to ask questions let the offender know how they were affected and to help develop the contracts for reparations Victims may choose to Attend a panel meeting and engage in the process Write down what they want to be communicated to the offender at the meeting Meet with board members only Not participate at all Reparative Panels meet monthly here at the Justice Center First Monday of the month from 12 00 2 00 First Monday of the Month from 6 30 8 30 First Tuesday Wednesday Thursday of the month from 6 30 8 30 Third Wednesday of the month from 5 30 7 30 Steps of the Reparative Process Board Establishes Common Ground Everyone introduces themselves including the victim offender and guests Overview of reparative process Ground Rules are presented Offender goals are presented To learn about the impact of the crime on victims and community Make a plan to avoid reoffending All Understand the Impact of the Harm Victim shares the impact of the offense Offender is asked to restate how the victim was impacted Victim acknowledges that offender understands how s he was impacted Board asks offender to state harm to the community

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/reparative-probation.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Untitled Document
    any court process Pre Charge The police or the State s Attorney can make referrals Families agencies business owners churches civic groups and others can make referrals through the police department or directly to the program The following misdemeanor offences can be processed by this program Noise Violations Unlawful Mischief Cases Under 500 Simple Assault by Mutual Affray Petty Larceny Credit Card Fraud or Bad Checks under 300 Disorderly Conduct Unlawful Trespasses that do not involve Residences Civil Ordinance Violations Home and Neighborhood Conflicts Other cases where all parties are willing to participate Using a community conference model responsible parties and victims work together with a volunteer facilitator to fully understand the harm resulting from the offense and to create an agreement to repair the harm Justice Alternatives provides individual support to victims and opportunities for expressing how they were affected by the offense hearing an admission of responsibility from the offender a say in what the offender needs to do in order to make things right In accepting responsibility for her his actions the offender or person who has harmed another has the opportunity to work with the victims and others on the development of a reparation plan that

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/justice-alternatives.html (2016-02-13)
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  • Brattleboro Community Justice Center
    resolve the harm done all three relationships must be addressed The program supports the successful transition of Core members into the community and speaks to the fears and concerns of victims and the community The Project involves volunteer community members who serve on the Community Advisory Panel CAP or who form support groups called Circles of Support and Accountability COSA with individuals who are re entering the community on conditional release under the Department of Corrections supervision The participation of the Core Member is voluntary Aspects that drive this program are Increasing community safety Reducing recidivism Planning and supporting successful reintegration Who is eligible The Restorative Reentry Program works with individuals referred by the Department of Corrections who have been convicted of a felony and are serving at least a six month sentence Furthermore they must be returning to the Brattleboro area on Conditional Release furlough be 18 years or older and agree to explore and acknowledge the impact of their past behavior on family community victim s and themselves A Reentry plan created by the incarcerated individual the BCJC Director and a Parole Officer will address Barriers to reentry by linking the Core Member to resources for housing employment transportation mental health substance abuse and medical services and entitlement benefits Victim needs and community safety Expectations for future discussions of responsibility and accountability Circles of Support and Accountability COSA COSAs are the center of the Restorative reentry Program Comprised of 3 to 5 trained community volunteers the COSA meets with Core members at the facility and then once they have reentered the community The goals of the COSA are Support successful reintegration Enhance community safety Hold the core members accountable for fulfilling the Reentry Plan Support core members to understand and address who has been affected by past criminal

    Original URL path: http://www.brattleborocjc.org/prisoner-reentry.html (2016-02-13)
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