Greater Barre Community Justice Center
20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, VT 05641 802-476-0276
 
 

It is the mission of the Greater Barre Community Justice Center to address the issues of conflict and crime by promoting shared responsibility for a safe and healthy community. The GBCJC engages citizens in restoring relationships, repairing past harms, and building community connections through education and involvement.
 
The GBCJC is a citizen-governed non-profit that operates with input from the City of Barre and its residents, and responds to stated needs and priorities from them and other surrounding towns. We are committed to providing a safe environment for resolving conflicts, and to promoting restorative justice and victim sensitivity throughout the entire community, based on the following principles:

  • Crimes and disputes are best resolved in the local communities where they occur.
  • The victim has special needs and claims that are at the center of the resolution process.
  • The offender has an opportunity to understand the impact of the crime, express remorse and repair the harm done to the victim and to the wider community.
  • Community members have a right to feel safe, respected and involved in the issues that affect their quality of life and sense of personal well-being.
  • Restorative justice engages all those affected by crime, in an effort to put things right.

Citizen volunteers, trained in restorative practices, provide guidance to the Center and deliver many of the services. The GBCJC is governed by a Board of Directors — a diverse group of people with various skills, backgrounds and experience.

Board of Directors
Elizabeth Wigren Board Chair
Roni Coleman Vice-Chair
Marilyn Brault-Binaghi Secretary
Robert Purvis Treasurer
Mary Anne Owen