Community Justice Center

Our Place in the Community

The Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC) is a department of the City of Montpelier, housed in City Hall.
The Director, Yvonne Byrd, assumes day to day responsibility for operating the MCJC within the parameters set by an agreement between the Citizen Advisory Board, the City of Montpelier, and the Agency of Human Services.
The Programs Coordinator, Judy Gibson, administers the Restorative Justice Panels and assists with workshops, mediation, and outreach to victims. 
The Reentry Specialist, Alfred Mills, administers the Restorative Reentry Program locating housing, recruiting volunteers and guiding Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs).

The Victim Outreach Specialist, Pat Hoffman, contacts victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime to offer support and an empathetic ear. She also acts as the liaison between crime victims and the Restorative Justice Panels. 

The work of the MCJC is made possible by federal and state grants, municipal support, other grants and donations, and the generous contribution of time by volunteers.

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A municipal/community partnership for the MCJC is guaranteed by giving responsibility to citizen volunteers for sharing in the governing of the center and delivering many of the services, and by the Agency of Human Services and the City, who provide support necessary to enable citizen volunteers to take on that responsibility.

MCJC is a founding member of the Community Justice Network of Vermont. The work of Vermont's Community Justice Centers and Restorative Justice Programs is defined by a grant agreement with the Vermont Department of Corrections to make communities safer and prevent crime.

Our Service Area
The Montpelier Community Justice Center serves the communities of Montpelier, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, and Worcester and administers Restorative Justice Panels in Northfield and Waterbury with volunteers local to those areas.
  1. About Us

    The mission of the Community Justice Center is to ensure that the people it serves have the resources they need to resolve conflicts and promote problem solving in creative ways that encourage feelings of fairness, safety, and inclusion.

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  2. About Restorative Justice

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  3. Restorative Justice FAQs

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  4. Programs & Services

    The restorative approach to conflict and crime emphasizes repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than assigning blame and doling out punishment.

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  5. Events & Trainings

    The MCJC sponsors special events that highlight the work of local and national/international restorative justice practitioners.

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  6. Get Involved

    The Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC) relies on skilled, trained volunteers to provide many of our services.

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  7. Volunteer!

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  8. Citizen Advisory Board

    The Citizen Advisory Board gives community input in setting goals, priorities, and policies for the MCJC.

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