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, Carol Plante, assumes day to day responsibility for operating the MCJC within the parameters set by the Community Advisory Board, the City of Montpelier, and the Vermont Agency of Human Services.
The Programs Coordinator, Kia Woods, administers the Restorative Justice Program, trains and support Restorative Justice Panel volunteers, and facilitates the Insights Into Conflict class.
The Reentry Specialist, Alfred Mills, manages the Restorative Reentry Program and guides the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs), supporting the needs of both the COSA core members and the volunteers.
The Victim Services Specialist, Eva Zimet, 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 Program.
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.
By giving authority and responsibility to community members for sharing in the governing of the center and delivering many of the services, the Vermont Agency of Human Services and the City of Montpelier support community ownership of and involvement in the resolution of conflict and crime.
MCJC partners with local service organizations as well as with 17 other Community Justice Centers statewide to create an infrastructure for operating restorative justice programs making communities healthier and safer.
Our Service Area
The Montpelier Community Justice Center serves Montpelier, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, Northfield, Roxbury, Waitsfield, Warren, Waterbury, and Worcester and administers Restorative Justice Panels in Montpelier, Northfield, and Waterbury.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to these values in our workplace and our communities:
Dignity: We treat people with respect and build relationships with those we serve. We value humanity above all else and engage people with kindness and empathy so they know they matter.
Holistic View of Poverty: We understand poverty is complicated. We work with individuals and families to address multiple impacts of poverty on their lives. We understand the linkages between the health of the individual and the health of the community.
Equity: We advocate for resources to enable all Vermonters to meet their individual needs.
Empowerment: We believe sustainable change starts with a person believing in themselves and their potential. By providing tools, resources and support, we empower individuals and families with voice and vision for their future and active engagement in their communities.