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.