What is Restorative Justice (RJ)?
Watch this video from Colorado Restorative Justice to learn more.
Data Collection for HB 13-1254
HB 13-1254 created pilot projects in the 10th (Pueblo), 12th (Alamosa), 19th (Weld) and 20th (Boulder) judicial districts. In these four pilots, prior to filing charges, District Attorneys would identify juvenile first offenders that committed non-traffic misdemeanors or Class 3, 4, 5 and 6 felonies and screen them for participation. If a juvenile successfully completes the program, no charges will be filed. The pilot programs report certain information to the Division of Criminal Justice, with the ultimate goal of obtaining empirical data about the capability of restorative justice practices to reduce costs, lower recidivism rates, and improve the well-being of victims and offenders. Data submitted to the DCJ will include the number and demographics of juveniles who met the program criteria, did/did not participate, reached reparation agreements, completed the agreements, re-arrest rates, and the results of victim and offender satisfaction surveys.
The RJ Council
The Colorado Restorative Justice Coordinating Council was formed via HB07-1129 by the Colorado state legislature to provide training, technical assistance and education related to restorative justice in the state of Colorado, support the development of restorative justice programs, serve as a repository of information for those programs. The RJ Council is made up of 19 appointed representatives from various backgrounds in the criminal justice field including a representative from the Department of Public Safety. Visit the Restorative Justice Colorado website for more information about RJ in Colorado.