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At the Center of Repair & Reintegration

Restorative Denver Program

Restorative Denver is a partnership between The Conflict Center and the Denver District Attorney’s Office, offering a community-based restorative justice alternative for adults referred through the program.

What is The Conflict Center’s Role?

The Conflict Center is the community partner to whom cases will be referred from the District Attorney’s Office. Our trained facilitators will conduct Community Group Conferences to address the harm caused by crime. The Community Group Conference process empowers the Denver community and victims to address crime and determine how the defendant can best repair the harm that they caused.

Opportunities to Get Involved

Attending a corresponding training is mandatory to both positions below. After you fill out an application, you will be informed of your status within six weeks. Then you will receive a link to register for one of the upcoming trainings that fits your schedule best.

Restorative Justice Group Conference Community Member

In The Conflict Center Community Group Conferencing model, community members represent the local community voice and are responsible for helping to identify harms done by the person who caused harm (offender) as well as suggesting potential contract items that can be completed to repair these harms. The community members have an equal voice in the process.

Restorative Justice Community Group Conference Facilitator

Restorative Justice is a responsive dialogue facilitation process that offers people who were harmed by crime an opportunity to seek answers and those who caused the harm an opportunity to take accountability to begin to repair the damage caused by conflict and/or crime. TCC’s RJ facilitators focus on the Community Group Conference (CGC) process which brings together a group of people involved in crime, including people who were harmed, people who caused harm, support people, community members, and facilitators.

5 R’s of Restorative Justice

Relationship

Respect

Responsibility

Repair

Reintegration

What is the Restorative Justice Process?

The model of restorative justice used by Restorative Denver involves bringing together the person who was harmed (victim), the person who caused harm (defendant), and community members in a facilitated community group conference to discuss what happened, what harm was caused by the crime, and how the person who caused harm can take accountability and repair the harm caused by. Restorative justice focuses not on punishment, but on making things right and reintegrating the person who caused harm back into the community with the skills and awareness to make better decisions in the future.

In this age-old process, adapted for use in modern times, people who were harmed have a voice concerning their needs and the impact the crime has had on them. They may move toward healing and forgiveness. The community feels empowerment over their own disputes. The person who caused harm has an opportunity to feel the impact of their behavior and become truly accountable for making it right. Together, through a facilitated process, the people who were harmed, the people who caused harm and representatives from the community create a plan that is restorative in nature, achievable, relevant and fair.

Restorative justice participants report increased victim satisfaction for restorative justice participants. Additionally, when Restorative Justice is offered as an alternative to the traditional justice system, there is a demonstrated reduced demand on municipal courts and probation services for cases that are successfully managed through restorative justice and an increase in participation of citizens in the criminal justice process.

We are specifically seeking a group of diverse facilitators with experience in Restorative Justice, facilitation, mediation, conflict resolution/transformation or some other form of previous experience.

We are seeking a diverse group of community members representative of the City and County of Denver. No prior experience is necessary; however, attending a Community Member training is mandatory.

Yes, in order to become a Restorative Justice Facilitator, you must fill out an application before attending a Restorative Justice Facilitator Training. If selected, you will be required to attend a Restorative Justice Facilitator training and complete a review process. Attending a training does not mean you automatically become a Facilitator for The Conflict Center.

Yes, in order to become a Community Member in a community group conference, you must RSVP and fill out the volunteer application before attending a Restorative Justice Community Member Training. Attending a meeting does not mean you automatically become a Community Member volunteer.

Yes, all employees and volunteers at the Conflict Center must have the appropriate background check. However, having a misdemeanor or felony charge does not disqualify you from becoming a facilitator or community member volunteer. The Conflict Center will arrange for a background check for you.

A Community Member Volunteer is a important volunteer position.

The Restorative Justice Facilitator is considered a contract employee and will be compensated $100 per case or have the option to donate their time.

For more information, please contact Beth Yohe at Beth.Yohe@conflictcenter.org or 303.865.5625.