Restorative Justice (RJ) is a philosophical framework that views crime as an injury and justice as a process for healing to take place. RJ seeks to balance the needs of victims and communities rather than just those of the offender.
"We repeat what we don't repair."
Who Can Participate in Restorative Justice?
Although this program primarily sees juvenile offenders, RJ can accommodate anyone. The State of Colorado recommends offenders 10-25 years of age be referred to an RJ program if available and appropriate.
Cases excluded from the RJ program are sexual assaults and domestic violence cases.
Referrals can be made from the community, our schools, law enforcement personnel, the District Attorney's Office, Juvenile Diversion, the Municipal Court, and probation.
This program is administered through the Erie Police Department and the face-to-face meetings with all parties are performed by highly trained and dedicated volunteers from our community.