About Us

We are a member of the Community Justice Network of Vermont

The Community Justice Network of Vermont is made up of Community Justice Centers and Community Justice Programs statewide. Its mission is to broaden and strengthen Vermont’s restorative practices through leadership, advocacy, education, and partnerships.

The state of Vermont is unique in the network of Community Justice Centers that sprung up from the initial grant funds from the Agency of Human Services. While some programs are consistent throughout the State, each Justice Center has its own unique ways of meeting community needs. Click here to learn more about all of the Community Justice Centers in Vermont.

The BCJC is a community organization where citizens can work together to find ways to resolve conflict constructively, using primarily Restorative Justice principles and practices. The Justice Center supports this work by providing structured opportunities to victims, offenders, and other individuals or groups affected by harm or wrong-doing in the community to meet and communicate.

History and Funding:

The Brattleboro Community Justice Center opened its doors in 2003 as a partnership of the Town of Brattleboro, the Vermont Department of Corrections , and the citizens of the community.

The BCJC funding comes through two grants awarded by the Vermont Agency of Human Services and an in-kind match by the Town of Brattleboro . The Justice Center also relies on additional funding (from foundations, tax-exempt donations, etc.) in order to deliver a full compliment of services to the community.

Community Justice Network of Vermont

The state of Vermont is unique in the network of Community Justice Centers that sprung up from the initial grant funds from the Agency of Human Services. While some programs are consistent throughout the State, each Justice Center has its own unique ways of meeting community needs. Click here to learn more about all of the Community Justice Centers in Vermont.

Our Partnerships and Collaborators

The Brattleboro Community Justice Center works with the following service providers in our community:

  • Youth Services
  • School for International Training
  • Brattleboro Police Department
  • State Attorney’s Office
  • Victim’s Advocate Office
  • Probation and Parole
  • Turning Point of Windham County
  • ALANA
  • Voc Rehab
  • Southeast Vermont Community Action
  • Brattleboro Housing Authority
  • Town of Brattleboro Selectboard ~ all town offices
  • Agency of Human Services district office
  • Building a Better Brattleboro
  • Brattleboro Reformer
  • BCTV
  • Brooks Memorial Library
  • BUHS
  • Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity
  • Vermont Humanities Council
  • area Churches
  • NEYT New England Youth Theater

Justice Center Activities:

  • Activities at the Justice Center provide for increased safety to the community by involving the offender in repairing harm done to victims and affected others.
  • Restorative Justice creates an opportunity for awareness of how crimes and other offenses affect victims and the community, and how the offender can make right the wrongs.
  • Activities at the Justice Center give the wrongdoer the opportunity to fully understand the impact of their behavior on the victim and community and to take responsibility for causing harm by addressing the needs of the victim, affected others, and the community.
  • Activities at the Justice Center provide a framework for addressing harms and tears in the social fabric of the community.

Grounding Principles:

  • Wrong-doing and disputes are best resolved in the communities where they occur.
  • Victims have special needs and their voices ought to be heard; these should be the center of the justice process.
  • Offenders need to fully understand the impact of the crime and have the opportunity to express remorse and repair the harm done to the victim and the community.
  • Community members have the right to participate and engage in the matters of justice that affect their quality of life and to create a safer place to live and have a sense that their concerns are heard and respected.