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Learn about restorative justice

The St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice Program has been serving Pierce and St. Croix Counties since 2001. The program provides the community with a variety of services and resources. The primary mission of SCVRJP is to promote peace and belonging using Restorative Justice.

The public is invited to learn more about restorative justice at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5.

A panel presentation will focus on how Restorative Justice is being utilized. Two judges will be speaking -- River Falls Municipal Court Judge June Cicero and Circuit Court Judge Howard Cameron.

In the past three months River Falls Municipal Court has referred 64 individuals to SCVRJP.

River Falls Police Chief Roger Leque and District Attorney John O'Boyle are also scheduled to speak. The River Falls Police Department collaborates with SCVRJP to support registration at Victim Impact Panels and gives a law enforcement perspective during Teen Driving Circles.

O'Boyle was a founding board member and utilizes several programs at SCVRJP.

SCVRJP is also engaged with UW-River Falls and Assistant Director for Student Rights & Responsibilities Thomas Pedersen will be speaking.

SCVRJP Board Members, staff and volunteers will also be on hand to provide information, serve refreshments and discuss how others interested can become involved. The recently formed coalition addressing bully behavior will be present with information.

Anyone interested is invited to attend. For more information please call the Restorative Justice Center at 715-425-1100, volunteer applications are available at the SCVRJP website

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative process brings those harmed by crime or conflict, and those responsible for the harm, into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.