Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 22, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 22, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, November 22, 2018
Library to host info-session on restorative justice
Co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Library, the Hancock County Community Reparations Board (HCCRB) will present an info-session on restorative justice practices in the area and different ways to get involved at the Blue Hill Public Library on November 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Restorative justice is more a philosophy than a specific method. Described in a news release, “the practice offers a non-adversarial, problem-solving process that involves people who’ve been harmed (victims) with the harmers/offenders and members of the community in finding solutions through connection, not exclusion.”
The Hancock County Community Reparations Board formed in 2016 and works closely with the District Attorney, Juvenile Court Corrections Officers and Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine. So far, it has engaged with 20 juvenile crime referrals for cases of nonviolent misbehavior, according to the release. HCCRB has recently had its first adult referral, and in addition, is expanding its efforts by supporting the use of restorative justice practices in area schools. Central to the process with juvenile offenders is pairing the youth with trained mentors.
This event is free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact the HCCRB at firstname.lastname@example.org or 326-2027, or call the library at 374-5515.