Communities for Restorative Justice Challenge Grant Announced
Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), a nonprofit group that offers a complement to the criminal justice system to those affected by crime in Groton has announced a community challenge. To the end of this month, two anonymous donors will match every donation to C4RJ, dollar for dollar, up to $6000. Funds will be used to support C4RJ meet the needs of victims affected by crime, building healthier, stronger communities.
C4RJ partners with police departments in Acton, Arlington, Ayer, Bedford, Boxborough, Cambridge, Carlisle, Concord, Groton, Littleton, Stow and Wellesley. In C4RJ's restorative "circle" process, offenders and those they harm meet face-to-face, along with trained volunteers, community members, and police personnel. The "circle" develops a plan of repair, which consists of steps the offender will take to make amends and to learn more about the consequences of his or her actions. Repair measures are customized to the needs of the victim and are also tailored to help the offender learn and be accountable. Completing the repair allows an offender to avoid a court record for the crimes committed. C4RJ does not take any case if the victim vetoes the referral or if the offender does not own up to the crime.
For more about C4RJ, restorative justice, donating, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.c4rj.com.