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About Full Circle Restorative Justice

Our History

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.

Increasing the health and safety of the community through restorative prevention and intervention - this is the mission of Full Circle Restorative Justice.

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.


Victim – Offender Conferencing and Restorative Circles

Full Circle provides a  safe framework of conferencing to meet the needs of victims, communities,  schools and offenders, while minimizing the youth involvement within the legal  system. Restorative Justice involves a fostering of dialogue between the offender and the victim, and has shown the highest rates of victim satisfaction, true accountability by the offender, and reduced recidivism.

Restorative Justice in the Schools Project

FCRJ has reached out to the local schools to collaborate in implementing peer mediation, restorative practices, and nonviolent communication into the school culture.  This project grew out of requests from parents and the schools for bullying prevention/intervention and a desire for systemic social change.  FCRJ is excited about these possibilities and needs additional funds to cover staff to implement programs.

2016 Accomplishments

2015 Accomplishments

2014 Accomplishments

2013 Accomplishments

Because justice does not always mean punishment

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