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Wyoming Restorative Justice Council

VALUES STATEMENT:

The Wyoming Restorative Justice Council holds the belief that harm caused by crime and conflict is a fundamental violation of relationships and those most affected should be afforded the opportunity to have a voice. Specifically, the Council operates from the premise that:

  1. The restorative justice response to crime, and conflict is victim centered to allow for personal empowerment throughout the process.

  2. Allow all participants in the restorative justice process to be afforded the opportunity for healing.

  3. The understanding that healing goes beyond those directly affected and provides an opportunity to restore the sense of community.

  4. Whenever feasible and appropriate, all victims will be allowed input and involvement in the decision making process.

  5. Participation from all parties within the restorative justice process needs to be voluntary for proper reparation of harm.

  6. Offenders can be afforded realistic opportunities to be personally accountable for their actions and to repair the harm they caused, to the extent possible, with the ultimate goal of becoming a positive member of their community.

  7. The response to crime and conflict will focus on the harm incurred and not solely on the rule or law that was violated.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES:

Goal 1:  Provide an extensive database of restorative justice resources and contacts.

   Objective A: Develop a public website for the Wyoming Restorative Justice Council.

   Objective B: Gather data of existing programs, agencies, or other individuals who are currently practicing or seeking to practice restorative justice principles and practices. This data to be entered into and available through the WRJC website.

   Objective C: Develop a collection of sample documents to include, though not limited to: policy and procedure, program structure, and legislation. These documents to be entered into and available through the WRJC website.

   Objective D: Compile restorative justice data and statistics. Data to be entered into and available through the WRJC website.

Goal 2: Collaborate with agencies, communities, and individuals to understand, adopt, and implement restorative justice principles and practices.

    Objective A: Explore potential funding sources.

    Objective B: Provide restorative justice educational and training resources by posting scholarly documents, research, video clips, and other links. This information to be entered into and available through the WRJC website.

    Objective C: Organize and coordinate a statewide restorative justice conference.

    Objective D: Provide consultation to those agencies and individuals seeking to implement or expand restorative justice efforts.

Goal 3: Create, implement, and oversee restorative justice legislation.

    Objective A: Provide information and education regarding restorative justice to government leaders and other stakeholders.

    Objective B: Develop rapport with, and gather input from, various government leaders and other stakeholders.

    Objective C: Assist in the drafting of restorative justice legislation and any subsequent bills, policy, or actions.