Restorative Justice Programs & Services

The Restorative Approach
The restorative approach to conflict and crime emphasizes repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than assigning blame and doling out punishment. This approach is based on the premise that conflict provides an opportunity to promote civic engagement, build community, and restore relations.

The MCJC presents conflict skills development classes, community forums, and workshops on topics related to crime and conflict to increase citizen capacity to manage individual disputes and be informed participants in resolving community problems.
  1. Community Conflict Assistance

    The Conflict Assistance Program provides trained mediators to help neighbors work through problems and find solutions to conflicts.

  2. Restorative Victim Services

    Restorative justice practices are victim-centered. Victims of crimes are contacted and offered ways to participate in the Restorative Justice process in a way that is comfortable for them.

  3. Restorative Justice Responses to Conflict & Crime

    People who commit certain lower level offenses are referred to the MCJC's Restorative Justice Alternative Program for a restorative justice process. The Restorative Justice Alternative Program results in a quick, low-cost resolution where matters are typically settled for all concerned.

  4. Restorative Reentry Services

    The Restorative Reentry Program helps former prisoners successfully reenter their communities and become responsible citizens. Participants are offered support in the areas of housing, job search, and education. Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs) are provided for those who need additional help to reenter their communities safely.

  5. Restorative Justice Panels

  6. Community Education and Dialogue

    The MCJC provides assistance to the Montpelier community, talking about issues related to justice and conflict resolution.  We regularly provide classes that are open to the community including Insights Into Conflict to help people think about how they respond to conflict, the choices available to them, and the consequences of those choices and Parenting With Respect a series designed specifically for fathers who have committed criminal or abusive acts which focuses on what children need from their fathers, how their acts and / or incarceration may have affected their children and what they can do to contribute to a healing process and support their children’s healthy development. We are available to provide a presentations related to conflict resolution or restorative justice specific to the needs of a particular group or organization.  Our facilitators can help organize, host, or facilitate a forum that actively involves participants in dialogue and problem solving.