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Turn Over a New Leaf

On February 9th, The Conflict Center will be the first physical location where people who have been formerly convicted of a crime involving marijuana may get their records sealed. This is an effort of the Denver District Attorney, the Denver City Attorney, and the City of Denver given the passage of Colorado Amendment 64 in 2012 that effectively legalized marijuana. The Conflict Center applauds this effort as a first step in a meaningful process to do justice by folks who were criminalized for using a substance that is now legal in the state of Colorado. As an organization, we believe that this speaks to the larger narrative of reducing our use of the criminal justice system to address non-violent offenses, especially considering the disproportionate impact on people of color and people experiencing poverty. We hope that this is a start towards reconciliation. We look forward to more opportunities to work with the Denver District Attorney and other agencies to avoid using the criminal justice system in cases where it is not warranted, and to lift the use of restoratives practices in navigating conflict and harm. If you or someone you know might qualify to wipe clean your low-level marijuana convictions from your record, please join us on February 9th from 9am-1pm for a clinic focused on this process or visit denvergov.org/anewleaf for more information and details on eligibility.

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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.