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 Restorative Justice legislation and the impact of RJ on the juvenile justice system on Saturday Sept. 14 from 10-12 at the Salida High School Auditorium.
He will be joined by his wife Lynn Lee, who will share her experiences as a lead facilitator in Restorative Circles, by bringing RJ behind bars to meet victims' needs for healing and resolution.
Community members involved with FCRJ will also share their impressions of the success of RJ in Chaffee County.
Restorative Justice is an approach to justice that focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, "to repair the harm they've done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or by doing community service". It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community, rather than the state. Restorative justice that fosters dialogue between victim and offender shows the highest rates of victim satisfaction and offender accountability - and a much lower recidivism rate.