Barre Community Justice Center
—Programs of the GBCJC—

In furtherance of our mission, the Greater Barre Community Justice Center provides a number of programs, trainings, and resources to our community. You will find basic information on many of these programs in the tabs below.

For more information about anything you see here, or to get involved yourself, please contact us:

Barre Community Justice Center
30 Keith Ave
Barre, VT 05641

Click here to hear from some past participants in our restorative justice programs

Restorative Justice Panels

This is a program by which victims of crimes and communities work together to provide the opportunity for responsible parties of an incident to be accountable and make things right. These panels address crimes referred from court sentencing and as direct referrals from pre-adjudicated cases. Victims and others affected by the crime, the parties responsible, and community members trained in restorative justice develop a collaborative contract to deepen the understanding of the harm, make amends to people who need it, create a positive connection with the community, and make it less likely for it to happen again.

This process is also used with "reparative without probation" cases, as well as some other cases in the Restorative Justice Alternative Program (see following tab).

Restorative Justice Alternative Program

Title 28 of VT State Statutes says:
“It is the policy of this state that principles of restorative justice be included in shaping how the criminal justice system responds to persons charged with or convicted of criminal offenses..." (28 V.S.A § 2a. Restorative Justice)

Restorative Justice Programs allow defendants to be accountable for their offenses by learning about the effects of what they did, making amends to individuals and the community, and learning how to make better choices in the future. Defendants in Washington County who participate in a Restorative Justice Program work with one of two Community Justice Centers (CJCs)—the Greater Barre CJC or the Montpelier CJC —to satisfy their conditions.

The status of your case determines which program you will participate in.

    If you have been referred to the Restorative Justice Alternative* program, you may avoid court time and a criminal conviction altogether.

    If you have been convicted, you may be eligible for the Reparative Without Probation* program and avoid costly fines and probation.

    If convicted and sentenced to Reparative Probation, you can still set things right with the people you hurt.

* There is a modest fee to participate in these programs.
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Restorative Justice Process Steps

After the court, state’s attorney or police officer refers your case to a Community Justice Center (CJC), you:
  • Attend a short intake meeting with CJC staff;
  • Participate in a one-hour Reparative Board meeting with community members and possibly people affected by your offense;
  • Talk about what happened and work with the others to create an agreement for settling your responsibilities to victims and community;
  • Return for a review meeting in two to three months to demonstrate that you completed the agreement.

When you have successfully completed these steps, the CJC notifies the court, police or probation office that you have finished the reparative process.

For more information, call Melissa at the Greater Barre CJC (476-0276) or Judy at the Montpelier CJC (223-9606)

Conflict Assistance
This is where neighbors in conflict can get assistance in working things out. As one of our programs that directly address quality of life issues, we provide a conflict professional to help the parties look at the situation, and work toward what would make it better.
Restorative Conferencing
A method of delivering restorative justice which brings all parties of an incident together: the person who has harmed and the affected parties. A facilitator follows a restorative process addressing who was harmed and how, and what can be done to make amends. A collective agreement is created.
Offender Re-entry

Our Restorative Reentry Program promotes the principle of no more victims. The program works with people who have significant ties to the Barre area, who have committed serious and violent offenses, and who have now been released from prison to serve the remainder of their sentence in the Barre community.

By establishing and enforcing clear expectations of its participants for positive community behavior, this process interrupts the cycle of criminal offending. Participants become part of a weekly meeting of a Circle of Support and Accountability (COSA) made up of trained community members who are brought together to form a relationship with the person coming out of jail. The COSA is intended to reduce reoffending by helping the core member to succeed, while providing accountability.

Video interview with a participating subject in the Restorative Reentry program.
Community Forums
These forums are organized to invite public dialogue and response to current community issues. Forums are custom designed and facilitated to meet the needs of the particular issue and/or participants. Through large and small group work, or door to door conversation, community dialogue can result in better understanding of an issue for all concerned.

Conflict management, communication skills, restorative justice, and peer mediation— the GBCJC delivers trainings to groups who are interested in learning more about these areas. We also train schools in restorative practices.

In addition to the above, the GBCJC conducts ongoing training about restorative justice and Reparative Board functions for new volunteers.

Family Group Conferencing
Through a contract with the VT Department for Children and Families, we deliver restorative family group conferences (FGC) for youth who are delinquent or at risk of delinquency adjudication. FGC is a three-stage process that brings together a child’s family (with the child) to make decisions and to come up with a plan that will create a way forward. Serving as an independent coordinator, we coordinate the FGC meeting by bringing together service providers and agency representatives to give information and consultation to the family, while the family retains the primary responsibility for decision-making and planning.
Car Window and Tire Replacement Program
Car Tire and Window Replacement Program

This program is offered in collaboration with the Barre Police Department, the Center for Crime Victim Services, and Windshield World.

Safe Driving Class

Safe Driving Classes for 2018

Each class consists of two sessions—
participants must attend both

Jan 31
Feb 7
Wednesday  4:00-7:00
Wednesday  3:45-6:30
May 9
May 16
Wednesday  4:00-7:00
Wednesday  3:45-6:30
Aug 28
Sep 4
Tuesday  4:00-7:00
Tuesday  3:45-6:30
Dec 5
Dec 12
Wednesday  4:00-7:00
Wednesday  3:45-6:30

Cost: $50 (covers both sessions)

Payment is required on the first day of class (payable at the door)

This is an educational program designed to teach about the human consequences of unsafe, impaired, and/or distracted driving. Participants learn about how unsafe driving affects them, their family and community members. They learn about how decision points relate to driving, and external and internal factors influence motivation for change.

An important part of the class is the second evening, where victims and survivors of distracted driving form a panel to talk about their experiences and how they were affected — a very powerful message to those who are in the class.

The Safe Driving Class (formerly DUI Victim Impact Panel class) is sponsored by the Community Justice Network of Vermont and delivered 4 times a year by the GBCJC. Program participants with unsafe driving convictions are referred from the correctional system.

To register for any of the four classes:
call 802-476-0276, or email

Classes are held at the Greater Barre Community Justice Center in Alumni Hall,
20 Auditorium Hill (Barre Civic Center - Auditorium and B.O.R.)