Services of the Justice Program

The Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) is composed of those who want to see the increased use of restorative justice as a means to resolve conflict.  They meet monthly to provide guidance on needed issues and opportunities.  If you are interested in joining these discussions, please the Town Manager's office at 728-5433 or email:  Manager@municipaloffice.randolph.vt.us.
Members are appointed by the Randolph Selectboard .  In 2009, the  members include: name them?
 • Agenda/Minutes
 • Bylaws
Restorative Justice Panels are trained volunteers that help identify who was harmed, how to repair the harm and how to make better choices in the future.  Staff meet with both responsible parties and those affected to share information about what they can expect.  The panel of three to five trained volunteers meet with all of those involved and  discuss the impact and how amends can be made to those harmed. An agreement is completed that summarizes this discussions and those responsible have a limited time (average 3 months)to complete the agreed upon activities.  Both the Direct Referrals Alternatives and Reparative Probation  programs use justice panels.
• Direct Referral Alternatives: In this program, police and community organizations can refer someone to the justice program rather than citing them to court. This is a way to avoid criminal charges and civil court as well as an alternative to deal with school infractions.
• Reparative Probation: A judge sentences offenders to Reparative Probation for non violent crimes.  To complete supervision with the Department of Corrections, a person needs to finish Reparative Probation successfully.
• Agenda/Minutes
• Expectations for those participating in Restorative Panels. (link to following information)

 

Participant Expectations:

The following information is for those who are thinking about or have chosen to take responsibility for the harm they have caused others to attend either a Reparative or Direct Referral panel.
Restorative Justice Panels are on opportunity to
•  Deal with Your Offense Responsibly
• Be Accountable in a Safe, Respectful Way
•  Commit to a Fair and Reasonable resolution

 Restorative Justice Panels are used for reparative probation and direct referral alternatives.
• Panel members are volunteers who live in and around the town where the offense was committed,

• They can tell you how they were affected by your behavior,

• They represent others harmed, such as the town,

• They are responsible for working with you on an agreement to make things better for those affected,

• They have copies of the police report,

• The meeting may be open to the public and not confidential. 

Steps at a Restorative Justice Panel Meeting

• The panel will try to learn more about you and how you fee
• Panel members are not there to retry anyone, but to identify who was harmed and in what ways.
• The panel will ask you if you are ready to accept responsibility for the harm.
• You, the panel members, and those affected work together to complete a written agreement that addresses the harm.
• You may meet monthly with the Board until you complete your agreement.

Meeting the needs of those affected is the first priority of restorative justice. Some ways to figure out harm is to:
•  Make a list of the physical, financial, and/or emotional impact on each person affected. 
•  Ask those affected, if appropriate. The panel represents your neighbors.
•  Remember that victims are contacted and invited to attend.

Remember:
• Come to the meeting ready to explore ways you can make things right for those you affected.
• Invite a support person, if you wish.
• Understand what you have agreed to and when it needs to be done.
• Be sure you can fully complete the agreement before you sign it.
• If you do not complete your agreement, your case may be sent to the courts.
• Be on time to your meetings.
• If an emergency comes up that prevents you from attending your meetings, call us at 249-8554.

Post incarceration services are targeted at those returning to the community.  When Randolph residents return from incarceration, the Department of Corrections can ask the Justice Program to comment on the conditions under which the individual is released and/or to develop a group of people willing to help him or her return.  This help can take the form of supporting appropriate employment and recreational activities, following supervision conditions, and forming positive relationships.

Conflict resolution through mediation. When all parties agree to discuss and resolve a dispute, mediation can be used to avoid civil court and ongoing tension. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential way to resolve disputes without giving the decision-making power to someone else (like a judge). It involves sitting down with the other side in the dispute and a third-party who is neutral and impartial (the mediator). The mediator helps the parties identify the important issues in the disagreement and decide how they can resolve it themselves. The mediator doesn't tell them what to do, or make a judgment about who's right and who's wrong. Control over the outcome of the dispute stays with the parties.
 Individuals or groups can request mediation services through the Justice Program to resolve one to on or neighborhood disputes. 
Public Forums to discuss concerns of townspeople.  Often, it’s important for people to come together to discuss their concerns in a safe environment with a facilitator.  The Justice Program is willing to provide this service.
Training about restorative justice and conflict resolution. Staff are available to provide information and skills training on the use of restorative and conflict resolution.

The Justice Program can work with both youth and adults living in Bethel, Braintree and Randolph