About Full Circle Restorative Justice
Full Circle Restorative Justice (FCRJ) of the 11th Judicial District of Colorado has been serving the Salida, Buena Vista and Canon City communities since April 15, 2009. FCRJ was founded in 2006 by Dianne Walker. Restorative Justice (RJ) is based on a theory of justice and a global social change movement that endorses peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights.
As a result of the Board of Directors’ diligence and community support, RCRJ initially provided community education on the concepts of restorative justice, trained volunteer conference facilitators, and was awarded non-profit 501c3 status in April 2009. The majority of Board members has been trained as volunteer facilitators by Restorative Solutions, LLC, and has devoted a significant amount of volunteer time for FCRJ as a start-up with limited grass-roots funding.
The mission of Full Circle Restorative Justice is to provide alternative dispute resolution and facilitation within the 11th Judicial District of Colorado. Full Circle Restorative Justice’s Mission Statement:
“FCRJ works to implement restorative practices in the Schools and Justice System by promoting a peaceful Community Justice approach to Conflict Resolution; while helping repair the harm caused by criminal behaviors through a Restorative Justice process which holds offenders accountable, and empowers and heals victims and communities.”
The Full Circle Restorative Justice Board of Directors includes residents of Chaffee, and Fremont counties dedicated to the promotion of restorative justice as a recidivism prevention and community-building process. The focus of Restorative Justice is not punitive, but rather on addressing and resolving the underlying issues and conflict inherent in a dispute. Full Circle conference facilitators are trained to reach an understanding of each unique situation. Facilitators mediate conflict and develop a written agreement which addresses the issues and focuses on repairing the harm done — by means of restitution, community service, and other sanctions. Offenders have the choice to fulfill their mutually-agreeable contracts or return to the court system.