Restorative Justice Panels

A Restorative Justice Panel is a group of 4 to 6 trained community member volunteers who meet with a person who has done harm (participant), and harmed parties when possible, over a period of 90 days. During this period, the panel works with the people involved to discuss the impact of the crime and ways in which they can make fair and reasonable amends. An individual must take responsibility for their part in the crime in order to be eligible to participate.

The panel works with participants and those they have harmed by exploring the following:

Together the participant and the panel form contracts that have the participant addressing the above questions, and working towards repairing the harm.

Those harmed are contacted by the BCJC and are invited to be a part of the process either through direct participation or by some other means that meets the harmed party’s needs. They are invited to the process to ask questions, let the participant know how they were affected, and to help develop the contracts for reparations. Those who have been harmed may choose to:

Restorative Justice Panels meet monthly here at the Justice Center :

First Monday of the month from 12:00-2:00
First Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:30

First Tuesday of the month from 12:00-2:00
First Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30

First Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30

Third Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30
Third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 – 7:30

Steps of the Panel Process

Panel Establishes Common Ground

All Understand the Impact of the Harm

Participant Accepts Responsibility

All Collectively Develop a Plan to Address the Harm