Community Justice Center
Overview of Services
The Winooski Community Justice Center is a function of the Winooski Police Department and offers a restorative approach to conflict and crime by assisting community members with information, referrals, and access to other community resources. The Community Justice Center actively engages clients in resolving conflict, preventing crime, and providing support to individuals affected by crime.
The core of the Community Justice Center's operations are divided into the following services:
- Restorative Justice Panel
The Restorative Justice Panel is a Restorative Justice Process. Cases are referred directly by Police Officers, the Court, Winooski Schools, or by the Vermont Probation Department. Volunteer Panel members support victims and offer offenders an opportunity to repair any harm that has been caused, make amends, and to aid in learning better behaviors. Many of the offenders referred to the Winooski Reparative Board are youths.
- Reentry Services
The Community Justice Center leads the Winooski Transition & Reentry program. Through navigation of community resources, offenders are offered opportunities to change their lives.
- Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)
The CoSA program is designed to improve the safety of victims and the community by providing offenders with both support and accountability.
The Community Justice Center strives to provide volunteer opportunities to youth offenders so that they may engage with their community while going through the restorative process. We also offer internal volunteer opportunities to proactive community members looking to support our services. Click here to learn more.