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Restorative Justice Expansion Goes Into Effect

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.

I hope you can join us for a "Morning With RJ"!

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(Aug. 7) – A new law funding and expanding the state’s adult and juvenile restorative justice programs went into effect today, the 90th day after the close of the 2013 legislative session.

HB13-1254, sponsored by Rep. Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs), was supported by victims’ groups and a bipartisan group of district attorneys including David Mahonee, Jeff Chostner, Stan Garnett and Ken Buck. It establishes four restorative justice pilot projects for juvenile offenders.

Restorative justice gives crime victims who choose to participate the chance to meet face-to-face with their offender. By bringing victims, offenders and community members together to talk about an offense, restorative justice attempts to promote individual responsibility and repair the harm done.

Under the bill, district attorneys may seek a victim’s consent to offer restorative justice to a juvenile offender the DA deems appropriate for the program. If the victim agrees and the offender successfully completes the program, the offender may avoid further legal action.

“If we can get better results while keeping juveniles out of the system, it’s a win-win,” Rep. Lee said.

At a stakeholders’ meeting on Tuesday, the DAs who will be involved with three of the four pilot projects were enthusiastic to get going.

“I’m grateful to these DAs who are willing to take a chance to try something different,” Rep. Lee said. “Colorado is at the forefront of states with legislative support for restorative justice.”

CONTACT: Rep. Lee 719-460-2934 | Communications Director Dean Toda 303-866-3844

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