CRJ offers a full continuum of alternative community justice programs.
School-based Programs- RAP
Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program (YSASP)
Civil DLS Diversion Program
Juvenile Restorative Programs
Community Support and Supervision (Street Checker Program)
Life Skills Development
SHOP (Student Hope and Opportunity Program)
Adult Restorative Programs
Reparative Probation Program is a program offered to adults through Criminal Court as a condition of their probation. Restorative justice panels run by trained volunteers, provide an offender the opportunity to take responsibility for his/her actions and repair the harm caused to victims and communities.Offenders who participate in this program must accept responsibility for their role in the crime that was committed.
Direct Referral Reparative Program is offered to offenders convicted in criminal court, but are not placed on probation. Participants meet with a restorative justice panel to discuss the impact of their crime and develop a contract that helps make amends to their victim and community. Only those offenders who take responsibility for their crime qualify for the program.
Suspended Fine Program is a program which provides an alternative sentencing option with a fine reduction upon successful program completion.
Community Reentry Program
Circle of Support and Accountability (CoSA)
DRIVe- Driving Responsibly in Vermont
DRIVe is designed to teach about the human consequences of unsafe, impaired, and/or distracted driving. Participants learn about how unsafe driving affects them, their family and community members. They learn about how decision points relate to driving, and external and internal factors influence motivation for change. To sign up for the class email Kim Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org
Risk Reduction Program
Treatment Diversion Program (also known as Tamarack)
Similar to the traditional Court Diversion Program, a person who successfully completes this program will have their charges dismissed. This is a voluntary, restorative justice program where the person accepts responsibility for violating the law, takes steps to repair the harm caused to others and be willing to engage in recommended treatment or counseling.
Working through a difficult conversation can be frustrating, especially when communication has broken down and two parties just cannot see eye to eye. CRJ has several certified mediators on staff who can help. There is a fee for the service, however, a sliding fee scale is available.
Expungement Petition Assistance
Under certain circumstances, a person may be able to have their criminal conviction or charge expunged. This opportunity is only available for qualifying crimes. Some crimes, such as a DUI, violent offenses and most felonies are not eligible.
CRJ has staff trained to help people navigate the process of filing a petition with the court to have their records expunged. CRJ’s service is offered at no cost; there is, however, a $90 court filing fee when a petition is filed. Fee waivers available for incomes under 150% of the poverty line.
If you would like help to file a petition to have your record expunged, or would like more information, contact CRJ and we would be happy to help you.