One of Many: A SoBu Community Justice Center Success Story

Heather * is a 17-year old that was charged with retail theft and possession of stolen property. She was accompanied by her mother at the initial meeting with the Restorative Justice Panel at the South Burlington Community Justice Center. A volunteer restorative justice panel provides opportunities for offenders to take responsibility for their actions and repair the harm they caused when they have committed some types of criminal offenses. At this first meeting, it was evident that Heather did not have an open and positive relationship with her mother, and the panel…

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writing inside VT— Fall Read-Around

A few weeks ago, I attended the Fall Read-Around held at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. The event is held annually and organized by writinginsideVT, a program of the South Burlington Community Justice Center. It was a rainy, dark evening when I walked up to the jail and buzzed to be admitted. This was my first entry into the facility and every facet was new to me—from removing most of my layered formal work attire such as my scarf, jewelry and watch, and suit jacket to the succession of electronically controlled…

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South Burlington Community Justice Center Adds Restorative Writing Program — wiVT

The South Burlington Community Justice Center (SB CJC) announced that writing inside VT, a well-established, successful restorative writing program for women incarcerated at South Burlington’s Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), is now one of South Burlington CJC’s programs. writing inside VT (wiVT) was established in January 2010 to provide year-round weekly writing circles that foster self-expression and discovery to support growth and change. Experienced facilitator/writers model behaviors that help offenders succeed on the outside. By involving participants in the establishment of shared agreements, the circles also create a sense of community and…

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