Individuals are referred to the Justice Alternatives program by the police or State's Attorney for misdemeanors such as noise violations, unlawful trespass, unlawful mischief and other offenses before someone is charged with a crime. If the individual participates successfully in the Justice Alternatives program, they will not be charged. Each pre-charge process is crafted for each situation; individuals might participate in a Restorative Justice Panel process, a restorative conference, or other activities. Victims and affected parties have the option of being involved.
Brattleboro Food Co-op Pre-charge Pilot Program: In 2018, we launched this project in collaboration with the Brattleboro Food Coop, Brattleboro Police Department, and Windham County State's Attorney. A community-minded business, the Co-op wishes to both address root causes of certain crimes at the co-op, such as shoplifting and unlawful trespass, while encouraging accountability, support, and repair.
Want to learn more about Justice Alternatives? Contact Jackie Trepanier at 802-258-8945 (cell), 802-257-0361 ext #170 (office), or firstname.lastname@example.org.