Restorative Justice Panels
Restorative Justice Panels consists of citizen volunteers who live or work in Orange County and are interested in participating in a community response to crime. The process provides an opportunity for those responsible for criminal acts to understand the impact their actions had on their victims and the community. The Panel helps participants develop a plan designed to repair the harm done to the victim and the larger community, and address underlying factors in the individual’s life that contributed to the crime.
The Restorative Panels meet regularly in Chelsea, Randolph and Bradford.
Trustees: Chris Aquino, Jenny Beaudin, Jennifer Cummings, Mark Lembke, Sue Perreault, Loretta Stalnaker, Heather Waterbury.
How to Volunteer
Volunteers are essential to the success of our restorative justice programs. They represent the face and voice of the community. Volunteers help participants understand how the their actions have affected other people in the community, even in so-called “victimless” crimes.
Training, provided by local programs and the association, prepares volunteers to follow a restorative justice approach and take on a meaningful role in this community-based justice program. Close to 400 Vermonters volunteer on restorative justice panels!
The Orange County Restorative Justice Center welcomes interest in our volunteer opportunities. If you would like to learn more about current needs for volunteers, please contact our office.