Court Diversion is a voluntary, confidential alternative to the formal court process for certain juvenile and adult offenders. The States Attorney refers each case on an individual basis.
The Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justice Center offers first time offenders programs to juveniles as well as adults. Such programs include major emphasis of interventions that fall into four categories:
- Offender Accountability
- Victim Restoration
- Relapse Prevention/Offender Treatment
- Community Safety
Offenders must be willing to accept responsibility for their offense in order to participate in Court Diversion. Offenders must meet with a trained board of community volunteers that review each case and determine acceptance into the program. If accepted , the Review Board designs a contract that details specific conditions the offender must complete in order to make up for the offense.
Upon successful completion of the diversion contract, the case is dismissed. Failure to complete all terms of the contract result in resumed prosecution.
- Traditional Juvenile Diversion Program for first time offenders charged in Family Court.
- Traditional Adult Diversion Program for first time offenders charged in District Court.
- The Marijuana Accountability and Prevention Program (MAP) is an alternative to the usual criminal justice process for persons charged with misdemeanor marijuana offenses.
- Suspended License Program for offenders charged with DrivingLicense Suspended. This program holds offenders accountable while empowering them towards license re-instatement.
- The Teen Alcohol Safety Program (TASP) is a program for first-time offenders aged sixteen to twenty in possession or having consumed alcoholic beverages. The first offense is a civil violation, and the offender must complete a specified contract.
TASP Phone: (802) 786-3840
Principles of Restorative Justice
- Crime and disputes are best solved in the community where they occur.
- The victim and community should be at the center of the justice process.
- The community should have a systematic way to have a direct impact on the crime and the criminals.
- All Parties in the crime or the dispute should participate, but the process is voluntary.
The Purpose of this philosophy is to:
- Repair the harm done
- Resolve the conflict
- Restore the parties to right relations
A variety of disputes resolution technologies should be available. Restorative Justice holds the offender accountable, and he or she repays/restores the victim and the community. This process provides an avenue for the offenders to learn new skills and ways to avoid re-offending.
Juvenile Restorative Probation Project (JRPP)
- Juvenile Restorative Panels: hold youth accountable to victims and the communities by providing an opportunity for victims and community member to interact with offenders to discuss the harm caused by the crime and the action needed to repair the harm done.
- Restorative Project: Provides follow up services that assure that restorative conditions of probation are completed and that damage to victims and communities is repaired.
- StreetChecker/Community Mentor: This Program will provide the youth on probation or at-risk with progressive levels of community placement stability. It offers opportunities for skill-building and community re-integration.
- Community Resource Center: A center for community resource on issue of domestic violence, alcohol and drugs, sexual offenses, victimization, and restorative justice.
Volunteers are in an important part of our program.
All volunteers are trained on an ongoing basis. Volunteers are also welcome to participate in Juveniles Restorative Panel. Volunteers are a very important part of our program. Please contact us for more information about becoming a volunteer for our Review Boards or Restorative Panels.