Our Grounding Principles:
- Wrong-doing and disputes are best resolved in the communities where they occur.
- People who have been harmed have special needs and their voices ought to be heard; these should be the center of the justice process.
- Those who have caused harm need to fully understand the impact of the crime and have the opportunity to express remorse and repair the harm done to the harmed party 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.
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.
We are a Part of the Community Justice Network of Vermont
The state of Vermont is unique in that the state supports a 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.