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RESTORATIVE Justice in Groton

Hailed as a model alternative response to harm in the community.

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a non-profit organization working with Groton Police Dept/ and other communities for a number of years.

C4RJ will be showing their film “Finding Courage: Addressing Harm with Restorative Justice Circles” in a free presentation at Sibley Hall at Groton Public Library Sunday, April 24, 3-5 PM.

Groton-Dunstable Schools Resource Officer Detective Rachael Mead, Groton supporter Mihran Keoseian, and C4RJ Groton facilitators Barbara Rich and June Johnson will be on hand to discuss the program and answer questions.

Hailed as a model response to harm in the community that could result in criminal court action, the restorative justice program starts with a referral from the police dept.

A “Circle” is convened that includes a police officer, victim, offender or responsible party, their parents if the offender is a minor, and trained C4RJ staff. Volunteer facilitators work with the responsible party over a number of weeks to bring about accountability for harm caused and healing for the victim, the offender, their families, and the community. Often there is a complete change of mind and heart for the offender.

Who Should Come?
Parents who would like to learn of an alternative path if their child does something inappropriate and police become involved; Folks who would like to learn more about being a volunteer facilitator; Community members who would like to know how our town can be kept safe and yet still hold both offender and victim in community.

Groton Herald

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 610, Groton, Massachusetts 01450

145 Main Street, Groton, Massachusetts 014510
[Prescott Community Center]

Telephone: 978-448-6061

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