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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.

How Do I get Involved?

  1. Read both position descriptions below to see if you may be a good fit as a Community Member Volunteer or Facilitator.
  2. Fill out the application by clicking one of the purple buttons below. NOTE: The forms are specific to the position, please double check you click the one you want to apply for.
  3. We will review your submission and be in touch.
  4. If accepted, you MUST attend the respective training.

    Facilitator Training from 9am – 4:30pm BOTH DAYS:

    June 5 AND June 6
    November 5 AND 7 2020

    Community Member Volunteer Training from 6:30pm – 8:30pm:

    February 6, 2020
    May 7, 2020
    August 6, 2020
    November 12, 2020

5 R’s of Restorative Justice

Relationship

Respect

Responsibility

Repair

Reintegration

Opportunities

Attending a corresponding training is mandatory to both positions below.

Restorative Justice Community Member Training

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. This two-hour training will teach volunteers:

- How to be a Community Member in a Community Group Conference
- How to talk about the impacts of crime and conflict on the community
- How to ask questions for understanding the impacts of crime and conflict
- How to brainstorm ideas for repairing the harmful impacts of crime and conflict

Restorative Justice Community Group Conference Facilitator Training

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 facilitator training focuses 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. The two day training focuses on training facilitators to conduct Community Group Conferences. Trainees will learn  the Community Group Conference process, purpose and structure, facilitator communication techniques and strategies for creating an achievable written agreement to repair the harm.

Learn more about specific responsibilities and qualifications.

Interested in supporting the program in another way? We have other volunteer opportunities! See the volunteer page or fill out an application.

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 Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or 303.865.5624.

When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
 
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
 
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.
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