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

 

Board of Directors
Roni Coleman Board Chair
Mary Anne Owen Vice-Chair
Robert Kershaw Secretary
Robert Purvis Treasurer
Patricia A. Paola  
   
   
   
GBCJC Staff

Jeannie MacLeod – Executive Director
jmacleod@greaterbarrecjc.org
The Executive Director oversees day to day operations of the Justice Center, both fiscal and programmatic, and promotes restorative principles through training, marketing and collaborations.

Jeannie MacLeod – Interim Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program
jmacleod@greaterbarrecjc.org
The Restorative Justice Program Coordinator is responsible for organizing and running the restorative justice panels and supervising volunteers. Jeannie ensures that all clients receive the optimal restorative response to conflict and crime and works with volunteers, staff and the Executive Director to assure the program runs efficiently.

Sara Winters – Coordinator, Offender Reentry Program
swinters@greaterbarrecjc.org
Sara coordinates the reentry program, which works with people who have been released to the community from incarceration, have significant ties to Barre, and are serving the remainder of their sentence in the Barre community. She provides client case management and service navigation, as well as coordination of Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) teams.

Lynda Murphy – Volunteer Victim Liaison/Volunteer Recruiter
lmurphy@greaterbarrecjc.org
The Volunteer Coordinator conducts interviews potential volunteers, matches volunteers with reentry clients, and processes volunteer applications. Lynda also prepares outreach materials, and assists in organizing trainings.

Wendy Stacey – Operations Manager
operations@greaterbarrecjc.org
The Operations Manager assists the Executive Director with data keeping, administration and human resources tasks and other duties associated with the functioning of the GBCJC. She ensures that the GBCJC’s infrastructure runs smoothly and in a timely fashion.

History of GBCJC

In January, 2002 with a planning grant from the AHS, a steering committee of local citizens formed and talked to a wide range of local, regional and state stakeholders in order to solicit their needs, concerns, existing resources, support, and commitment to participating in a justice partnership. The intent was to form a Justice Center in Central Vermont.

Because funding must go to a municipal fiscal agent, it was decided to create two Justice Centers, one in Barre and one in Montpelier. The steering committee split to form two groups. With the information gathered, the steering committee wrote a grant request and presented it to the Barre City Council in October of 2002 for their approval. So approved, the grant was submitted to the AHS, and the Justice Center received funding in January 2003.

Representatives from Barre business, city government, schools and community formed the Citizen Advisory Board and were approved by the City Council in April 2003. An executive director was hired in May, 2003.

Since May 2003, the Center started administering three existing Restorative Justice Panels for the Barre area, and conducted community mediations and community forums. A pre-charge program was established, which was the precursor to the Washington County Restorative Justice Alternative Program. This program is currently operating and growing strong. Many trainings have been conducted, including restorative justice.

In 2005, the Justice Center obtained a grant to serve offenders returning to the community from incarceration. The Restorative Reentry Program uses Circles Of Support and Accountability (COSAs) to "walk with" the core member to help ensure a successful reentry. This program has been growing and has served many over the years.

In 2007, the GBCJC became a non-profit, continuing its work for Barre City and the surrounding area.

 

click here to read about a few of our past successes

here in an interview with a participating subject in the Restorative Reentry program