Thank you all so very much for your energy and contributions to the past weekend. It was an honor to meet each and every one of you, and to reconnect with others! We really appreciate feedback of all kinds as we strive to provide the best and most professionally-organized experience possible.
Full Circle Restorative Justice would like to wish you a glorious, rewarding and productive new year. We want to honor all our incredible Volunteer Facilitators and Board, Community Partners, and present and past donors and contributors for all you've done to make us what we are today: a program growing fast and strong! Some highlights of 2017 include: […]
by Guinne Stropes Mail Intern Full Circle Restorative Justice recently welcomed three new dogs and handlers to its Paws for Peace program. The program started with two dogs and handlers and now has five dogs and handlers who have all sat in on victim-offender “circles.” Full Circle facilitates the “circles,” where the victim of a […]
Thank you for your contributions! It is because of our wonderful community that we continue to expand and grow! November 15, 2017 Dear Friends and Supporters, Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ; 501(c)3) serves the 11th Judicial Districtof Colorado and has provided restorative practices and programming in Chaffee County and surrounding counties since April 2006. Restorative […]
D.J. DeJong Mail Staff Writer Full Circle Restorative Justice Director Molly Leach and Executive Director Patty LaTaille celebrated the Chaffee County commissioners’ approval Tuesday of a proclamation designating October as Conflict Resolution Month in Chaffee County. LaTaille proposed the proclamation at a Sept. 11 commissioners’ work session, and it mirrors a statewide proclamation by Gov. […]
To all the businesses and individuals who supported the annual Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ)(501c3) fundraiser by playing golf, volunteering day-of or on our event volunteer team, contributing donations and silent auction items, or helping spread the word for our Golf Scramble and Caddyshack FunDay on September 10, 2017. Thanks to our amazing community, we […]
Guinne Stropes The Mountain Mail - September 8, 2017 Full Circle Restorative Justice will host a Golf Scramble and Fundraiser from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Salida Golf Club, 404 N. Grant St. The event is an annual fundraiser featuring a dog parade, ice cream social, golf scramble, costume contest and barbecue. All Chaffee […]
In Case You Missed It: Recording & Slides From Tuesday's Paws For Peace Webinar I was honored to share with all of you our program featuring an inter-species collaboration which leads to compassion and connection throughout the healing journey of restorative justice. Paws for Peace brings together two of my greatest passions in life; restorative […]
Guinne Stropes The Mountain Mail - June 21, 2017 Patty LaTaille and Molly Leach of Full Circle Restorative Justice said they experienced true cross-cultural representation at a conference for the National Association for Communities and Restorative Justice June 16-18 in Oakland, Calif. Americans of African and Native American descent were fully and equally represented, LaTaille […]
FCRJ is honored and excited to welcome Molly Leach on board. Ms. Leach is the founder and executive producer of Restorative Justice on The Rise, a nationally regarded podcast and resource hub for dialogue and education on RJ and related peacebuilding topics founded in 2011 and featuring dialogues with the world's leaders in restorative justice, […]
He "did it all" here- as one of our most active and engaged FCRJ supporters! Andy volunteered as an FCRJ board member, a Lead facilitator, AAOPPS youth community service program supervisor, and initiated and managed our nascent Victim Offender Education Group Prison program. Andy never sought recognition and gave of himself generously; clearly stating during […]
The Mountain Mail - May 1, 2017 by Molly R. Leach Most would agree that our youth are our future. In addition, I’m guessing few would disagree that our relationships as individuals, families, schools and communities are the glue of potential. Conflict and crime are a part of life that we often shun. We have […]
Letter to the Editor - The Mountain Mail Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:08 am Dear Editor: Over the past few months, we’ve had a very affirming experience in our community we’d like to share with you. As you may know, restorative justice is a positive and pro-social approach to address conflict and resolve issues after […]
Celebrating!! Excited and grateful for the opportunity to contribute to an inspiring organization staffed by amazing individuals and peacebuilders! I am hoping that all of you supporters of Humanizing The Justice System will share with me any news/updates/articles related to our shared vision - in CO and beyond!! Peace & Love, Patty The Peace Alliance […]
Mediators work better together by Sam Liebl Mail Staff Writer read the story at The Mountain Mail Professional mediators Patty LaTaille and JD Longwell say they have found that working as a male-female team benefits their practice and their clients. Though they work individually as well, the pair said they work as a team when […]
PLEASE NOTE: WE HAVE CHANGED THE LOCATION TO THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BOARD ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE NEWER COUNTY BUILDING DUE TO THE SIZE OF OUR CLASS! RAH!! 🙂 Here it is -- the training that our future Volunteer Facilitators have been waiting for! 🙂 Please join FCRJ on January 27-28, 2017 for […]
TOPEKA, Kan. — Early one morning along a stretch of nearly deserted Kansas highway, Cameron Freeman, a college student from Nebraska, and Zachary Harrison, an Air Force loadmaster, were involved in a violent traffic collision that left one of the promising young men dead and the other in prison. Suffering from pain, confusion and bouts […]
"What a perfect party!" was the sentiment I took with me last night as all of you amazing individuals departed the Longwell's lovely Holiday-themed home. The incredibly delicious contributions from all of us made it a true Holiday feast, with a spectacularly cute & tasty Christmas cake by Kris to complete our festive gathering! We […]
Volunteers Chandra & Ripleigh help FCRJ get its Merry on !!
Patty LaTaille, FCRJ executive director, said the presentation talked about “the use of therapy dogs in restorative circles,” a program that helps anyone with post-traumatic stress disorder cope with life. From left are Terry and Gary Bolte with therapy dog Dolores, LaTaille, Greg and Ruth Phillips with therapy dog Abby.
FCRJ was honored to present at the State Restorative Justice Conference held in Vail on Sept. 26-28, 2016.
As part of the 1 hour flight prize he donated as a Platinum Prize during the 3rd Annual Gold Scramble fundraiser in August 2016, Zech, a recently-certified pilot, took the winner of the prize for a flight over the mountains. MaryAnn said "It was amazing seeing the mountains from above!" They flew over Leadville and Chaffee County on Thursday Sept. 29.
"Victim Offender Dialogue" Wins Short Film Award at RJ Conference in Vail Sept. 2016
Full Circle Restorative Justice is thrilled with the level of support we received from our generous and supportive community to make our 3rd annual golf scramble and silent auction fundraiser on Sunday August 28 a successful event! We have great gratitude to the 37 golfers over 50 local businesses and individuals who helped raise $4,500 to support our mission.
Our FCRJ family is sad to see our former Intern and Program Coordinator Jess head out on a new phase of her life. Jess spent over a year actively working for FCRJ and has met and touched many lives with her compassionate connecting and the coordination of the many everyday activities here in the RJ world.
FCRJ Volunteer Facilitator Terry Bolte & Dolores the Therapy Dog and Executive Director Patty LaTaille will be presenting "Paws & Peace - The Use of Therapy Dogs in Restorative Circles" at this year's RJ Conference.
FCRJ will implement a 12 week “Prison Insight” program based on Restorative Practices in the Buena Vista Correctional Facility taught by trained FCRJ Facilitators beginning July 19, 2016. Training started for FCRJ Volunteers began by attending a Graduation of the VOEG program in the Rifle Correctional Facility in April. FCRJ Volunteers have been trained by […]
Full Circle Restorative Justice is proud to be a new member of the Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce. With hopes to expand their presence in Chaffee County, FCRJ will be offering Victim-Offender Conferencing and other Restorative services in BV at the Department of Human Services Building in town.
With great gratitude to our amazing intern Sarah Green! She completed her assignment with FCRJ & we wouldn't be where we are now without her dedication & hard work! Much ❤️&☮&🙏!
Patty LaTaille, Full Circle Restorative Justice executive director, and Alison Brown, founder and CEO of Navsys Corp. and a Full Circle board member, each received awards during their 2-week trip.
FCRJ staff & supporters invite you all to come out this weekend and shake a leg for FCRJ! We have a fun event planned at the Vic on Saturday the 12th in support of FCRJ!! We're hoping you’d all enjoy an evening out with live music, friends, and possibly even some groovin’ if we feel […]
Saturday, February 6th, we had a couple of amazing community outreach events with Representative Pete Lee from Colorado Springs, and his wife Lynn Lee who is a lead RJ facilitator. We want to thank everyone involved and all who participated to make these events successful! Our goal was to educate the community about RJ as […]
Letter to the Editor of the Mountain Mail - Feb 4, 2016 Dear Editor: As the executive director of Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ), I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and great gratitude for the outpouring of recent support that we experienced throughout our recent move to the county courthouse. I am humbled and […]
Full Circle Restorative Justice received nearly $9,000 in grants and donations to help fund its program.
Recently, I was invited to bring my therapy dog Abby to a Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) mediation session. One purpose of FCRJ is to bring parties together who are involved in some type of a dispute and mediate a resolution that addresses the issues and repairs the harm done.
Full Circle Restorative Justice Expresses gratitude to all the businesses and individuals who supported the annual Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ)(501c3) fundraiser by playing golf or contributing donations and silent auction items for our Golf Scramble on Aug. 29.
Full Circle Restorative Justice raising more than $5,000 at its second annual Golf Scramble and silent auction fundraiser Saturday at Salida Golf Club.
These funds will be used for Program Support. Sunrise Rotary has been extremely supportive of our program and the Volunteers & Board members really appreciate the continuing support!
FCRJ completes Restorative Justice Facilitator Training on May 16th, 2015 with 4 new trained Facilitators!
KOAA-TV meets with one of those restorative justice programs and some of the juveniles benefiting from a restorative justice perspective.
FCRJ Restorative Justice Facilitator Training - May 15 -16, 2015. This training is for caring individuals and concerned citizens of our community interested in promoting peace and justice by becoming facilitators of Restorative Circles (victim-offender conferences) -- for new and/or experienced volunteers.
Retired Salida Middle School teacher Pam Smith will be filling in as interim director of Full Circle Restorative Justice from now through March while Patty LaTaille, the program director, is studying conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Full Circle Restorative Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to reconciling the divide between criminal offenders and their victims, has received a $7,500 grant from the Anschutz Family Foundation and $2,025 from Sangre de Cristo Electric Association’s Round Up fund.
With 4 hours of peer mediation training under their belts, a group of fourth-graders is ready to peacefully resolve any conflicts that might break out among fellow students at Longfellow Elementary School.
Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) receives $2025 Grant from Sangre De Cristo Electric Association, Inc.
Dear Editor: We are grateful to all the businesses and individuals who supported the Full Circle Restorative Justice fall fundraiser Oct. 11 with donations and awesome door prize items for our party at Benson’s Tavern, with Flynn & Company as the amazing band. Many thanks to our platinum sponsors: Benson’s Tavern & Beer Garden, Flynn […]
Fortuneteller Fundraiser - a unique offering for this time of the year! Lady Lavender shared that "the veil between the natural and spirit worlds is the thinnest on Halloween night."
Program Director Patty LaTaille has been selected as a 2015 Rotary Peace Fellow!
The Mountain Mail Wednesday, October 15, 2014 9:14 am J.D. Thomas, Mail Staff Writer Full Circle Restorative Justice raised about $1,100 at its fall fundraiser Saturday at Benson’s Tavern & Beer Garden. Approximately 40-50 people attended the event, said Patty LaTaille, Full Circle program director. “It will help fund our school program and provide a […]
We feel that the restorative justice program is such a positive way to encourage and direct young people who make poor choices at some point in their lives. It’s a way to help them change the path that they might be taking, and the people involved are obviously very interested and committed to helping them make those changes.
This training is for individuals interested in facilitating Restorative Circles (victim-offender conferences) & for new or experienced volunteers.
Dear Editor: As the program director at Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ), a nonprofit organization that strives for a commonsense approach to community justice, part of my work is to facilitate victim-offender conferences that focus on restorative, rather than retributive, means to repair the harm caused by criminal acts. One of FCRJ’s recent cases involved […]
The Full Circle Restorative Justice golf scramble fundraiser drew 10 teams within two flights Saturday, with Barry Blocker and Jeff Bamburg combining to win the “Mountain Man” flight and Sam and Debbie Johnson teaming up to take the “Mixed” (male/female combo) flight.
Offenders in the judicial system don’t always have the chance to repair the harm they’ve done and victims don’t always get a sense of closure. Restorative Justice, a program relatively new to Buena Vista, is based on restorative approaches to crime and focus on victim satisfaction and offender accountability. This is the story of how […]
Yard work to beautify the the resident's outside areas.
AAOpps teens painting office space at Loaves & Fishes. They did a great job and brightened up the offices for the dedicated staff and volunteers who serve the homeless and struggling individuals in our community! Thank you, DeeDee for helping set it up & supervising! More about AAOpps. Dear Restorative Justice paint crew, Thank you […]
Warm Spring Breezes to all,
Here at FCRJ, things are hopping - and we hope that you will join us for our second monthly role play & facilitator practice session!
All trained facilitators are invited to join us for an RJ Practice & Potluck on Tuesday March 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. at the Conference room at 7405 Hwy. 50.
Be ready to dine, discover and delight fellow FCRJ volunteers with your fabulous facilitator skills! 🙂
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org and we look forward to re-connecting in a comfortable, supportive setting to practice role plays &facilitating Restorative Circles together!
Moonlight Monday fundraiser for Full Circle Restorative Justice. Moonlight Pizza will donate 10% of that day’s profits to FCRJ.
At Hinkley High School in Aurora, Colo., students, parents and administration are meeting face-to-face to resolve student conflict with conversation. The number of physical altercations has taken a nosedive as this new type of disciplinary action, called "restorative justice," replaces suspension.
Full Circle Restorative Justice announced Thursday it has hired Andrea Blocker as the new executive director and has received a $10,000 grant from the Adolph Coors Foundation. Blocker will take over the executive director role on Feb. 3 from Patty LaTaille, who is serving as interim executive director. Blocker has been in Salida for 8 […]
The Adolph Coors Foundation recently granted $10K to FCRJ to assist in covering General Operating expenses as the organization continues to expand its programs and staff in the new year. "FCRJ is honored to partner with the Adolph Coors Foundation in meeting the needs for youth and families in our community. We have great gratitude […]
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB DESCRIPTION The role of the Executive Director is to provide leadership and coordination for the overall program and administration of the program. This includes working closely with the program’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to carry out the vision and mission of the program. The Executive Director creates and manages the […]
Here is how we reached our goal. Full Circle Restorative Justice 2013 Anschutz Challenge Grant Donations Chaffee County Commissioners $2,200.00 City of Salida $1,800.00 Salida Rotary Club $500.00 Monarch Community Outreach $500.00 Chaffee County Fair $2,000.00 Dunkly DeCew - Travel expenses to Longmont $195.00 Lunch for Officer James $60.17 Wine $ 20.00 Laminated Cards $ […]
The rise in Restorative Justice (RJ) cases in Colorado has been attributed to many individuals in the legal system - and Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) is fortunate to host State Representative Pete Lee as the major promoter of RJ in the political arena at the State level. Rep. Lee will be speaking on new […]
FCRJ is pleased to announce that Rep. Pete Lee and RJ Facilitator Lynn Lee will be presenting on Restorative Justice in Colorado at the Salida High School on Saturday, September 14 from 10 am - 12 noon. Various individuals involved with RJ locally will also share their stories on how transformational the RJ process can be - and how rewarding the experience is for victims - and family and community members.
In 2004, I was falsely accused of a crime. I did not foresee how this unfortunate situation was going to morph into changing many lives in a positive way. In 2006, I founded Full Circle Restorative Justice in Chaffee County Colorado.
“We really feel the peer mediation (training) will change the school climate,” Katherine Guthals, Salida Middle School counselor, said during a Full Circle Restorative Justice peer mediation program Friday.
Fremont County teens volunteered and did community service to help out the Seniors. We helped with landscaping and played Bingo with the residents. Good kids - positive experience for youth & the elderly! Ira Curry volunteered his time and energy - thank you, Ira!!
This year Colorado has passed yet another law to advance the use of restorative justice across the state. With this law Colorado State House Representative Pete Lee and State Senator Linda Newell continue to build upon past legislative victories. They enjoy the support of many grassroots efforts as well as the work of a wide […]
Volunteering to help homeless pets creates compassion and connection - and all the animals and youth benefited from their positive interactions. Scooping poop with a purpose!
by James Redmond, Mail Staff Writer Officer James Brown, Longmont Police Department liaison officer with the Longmont Community Justice Partnership, told Salida police officers Friday how they can work with restorative justice. Brown was accompanied by members of local Full Circle Restorative Justice. Started in 1996, Longmont’s restorative justice partnership has had a lot of […]
The RJ Facilitator Training Seminar was held on April 19 & 20, 2013. It was well attended with over 30 participants each day - school administrators, educators, mental health professionals, parents and caring community members. Funded by the Community of Excellence grant, the training was a great cost-effective way to get the word out […]
Many thanks to all the businesses and individuals who supported the annual Full Circle Restorative Justice (501c3) fundraiser with donations and awesome silent auction items for our “Dance Through Time – Generational Beat” event held at River’s Edge on April 6. Special thanks to Ray Kitson for offering the River’s Edge as the venue & […]
Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) presents its annual fundraiser dance and silent auction on April 6, 2013. FCRJ will be hosting a “Generational Beat - Dance Through Time” at The River's Edge from 7 – 11 p.m. with DJ Deano – complete with prizes for the best costumes in each generation! Enjoy an evening beginning […]
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training
Full Circle Restorative Justice and Chaffee County
Jeannette Holtham, Founding President of Youth Transformation Center and Author of Taking Restorative Justice to Schools
Andre Zarb-Cousin, VP of Marketing and Director of RJ Training
A total of 30 cases referred from Diversion, Probation, BV and Salida Municipal Courts for Victim - Offender conferences. FCRJ has processed 26 cases to date, with 16 successfully completed, 2 re-offenses after completing FCRJ, 2 incomplete and 2 closed due to re-offenses before completing FCRJ, and 8 cases are in progress. Conducted Satisfaction Surveys with […]
Owner Ray Kitson & staff at the River's Edge restaurant had graciously offered to request donations at their Live Music and Dance party Halloween celebration to support Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ). Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.
Published in the Colorado Central Magazine Supporting Victims of Crime and Lowering Offender Recidivism By Patty LaTaille August 10, 2011 was an historic day for Restorative Justice in the state of Colorado. Restorative Justice House Bill 11-1032 went into effect, having been signed by Governor Hickenlooper earlier in July.
Full Circle Restorative Justice receives $5,000 grant from The Colorado Trust
With strong volunteer and community support, FCRJ has made great strides in the past year. FCRJ has facilitated a total of 21 cases from January 2010 – December 2011 and reports a 87% rate of youth successfully completing the Victim-Offender conferencing program without re-offending. Introducing the community to Restorative Justice and conducting conferences in the FCRJ […]
Full Circle Restorative Justice conducted its first restorative circle in the Chaffee County Detention Center this month.
Published in The Mountain Mail - June 21, 2012 Dear Editor: On behalf of Full Circle Restorative Justice, I wish to thank three entities in our generous community – the Ark Valley High Rollers, Moonlight Pizza and Free the Monkey – for their support of the FCRJ youth program Action Adventure Opportunities (AAOpps).
by Mike Campbell Mountain Mail Staff Writer Leon Joseph Littlebird, Native American musician and storyteller, and musician Jeff Shook entertained about 60 people at the annual fund-raiser for Full Circle Restorative Justice Friday at the Boathouse Cantina in Salida.
Announcing the Full Circle Restorative Justice Annual Fundraiser on Friday April 6 at The Boathouse Cantina at 7:30 p.m.
Full Circle Restorative Justice will be offering a light dinner and Open House on Tuesday March 13 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the FCRJ office located at 7405 Hwy. 50, Suite 111
Non-Violent Communication course helps Chaffee County Detention Center inmates