Restorative Justice Program

What is Restorative Justice?

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. The principles of RJ, such as requiring restitution for property crimes, are centuries old and can be found in the Code of Hammurabi (1700 BC) and the Old Testament. Indigenous people in New Zealand, North America, and Australia have practiced the principles of RJ for generations. The concept as used by the modern-day criminal justice system is relatively new. The framework of RJ in modern criminal justice has been evolving since the 1970s when early experiments using mediation between victims of crime and offenders began.

"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 is performed by highly training and dedicated volunteers from our community.

More About RJ

View the Erie Restorative Justice Brochure
Visit the Communities for Restorative Justice Website
Visit Restorative Justice Colorado Website
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Leslie Maya-Charles via email or call 303-926-2841.