Restorative Justice Programs

The Hartford Community Restorative Justice Center offers the following programs and services:

Victim Support Services:

  • Provides information, assistance, and support to victims of crime.
  • The program also assists any victims who choose to participate in restorative panels or dialogues with offenders through a safe, victim-initiated and victim-centered process.

Offender Reentry:

  • Assists formerly-incarcerated individuals reenter the Upper Valley community safely and productively.
  • The program provides accountability and offers employment and resource assistance and life-skills programs.

Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA):

  • Increases accountability and support for people returning from prison to the community.
  • Teams of three to five community volunteers assist high-risk reentry clients return to the community in a safe and productive manner.

STAR Program (Skills Training to Assist Reintegration):

  • Helps formerly-incarcerated individuals develop job-related skills and community connections so they enter the workforce with expertise, references, and greater self-respect.
  • This internship program is funded through grants and benefits clients as well as local businesses.

Restorative Panels:

  • Creates opportunities for offenders to take responsibility for their actions, and for victims to share their experiences if they wish.
  • A panel of trained community volunteers, the offender, and the victims (if they want to participate) decide together how the offender will make amends and repair the harm.
  • The reparations should be related to the crime and improve the community. Cases are referred through the Court, Probation and Parole, the State’s Attorney, police departments, schools, and community members.

Reentry Restorative Panels: 

  • Creates opportunities for offenders who are reentering the community after incarceration to take responsibility for their actions, and for the community to support their reintegration.

Precharge:

  • Provides an opportunity for offenders to make amends for their actions in lieu of being charged. Cases are referred by the State’s Attorney and police departments.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution:

  • Facilitates constructive dialogue between conflicting parties with the goal of reaching a mutually acceptable resolution.

Family Group Conferencing:

  • Provides a neutral forum with the goal of designing an agreement of how to move forward from conflict.