“Community is made from conflict as much as from cooperation; the capacity to solve conflict is what gives social relations their sinew. Professionalizing justice ' steals the conflicts,' robbing the community of its ability to face trouble and restore peace. Communities lose their confidence, the capacity, and finally, their inclination to preserve their own order. They instead become consumers of police and court 'services' with the consequences that they largely cease to be communities.”

Nils Christie, 1977. Conflict is Property.

“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Orleans County Restorative Justice Center

The Orleans County Restorative Justice Center empowers community members to restore relationships that have been harmed by conflict, addresses the underlying roots of conflict and crime, and improves the quality of life in our community.

  • Restorative Justice - The Basics

  • Central focus: Victim’s needs and offender responsibility for repairing harm
  • Crime is a violation of people and relationships
  • Violations create obligations
  • Justice involves victims, offenders, and community members in an effort to put things right

Current Happenings at OCRJC

Feeding Our Community - United Church of Newport receives proceeds donated by artist Annie Wells, from sales of her "tin men." Donations for all area foodshelves are great needed at this time.
L-R Deborah Wolf, Restorative Justice Center, Annie Wells, and foodshelf director Merle Chilcott.

Drug Take Back Efforts

With help from other local organizations and the community, OCRJC is spearheading a medication take back and education effort. As a part of this, our Executive Director, Barbara Morrow, has appeared on The Northeast Kingdom Voice to discuss drug disposal.
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New Expungement Process - Interested in new Expungement process? VT Law Act 36 makes expungement of minor offenses committed when you were under 25 years old, easier to expunge. Contact us for information.

Legal Clinic Monthly - Pro bono/Low bono legal clinic, once monthly based on availability of attorneys. 30 minute free or very low fee consults with qualified attorneys. Appointments must be made in advance by calling 802.487.9327.

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