Community Justice Center
Our Place in the Community
The Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC) is a department of the City of Montpelier, housed in City Hall.
The Director, Yvonne Byrd, assumes day to day responsibility for operating the MCJC within the parameters set by an agreement between the Citizen Advisory Board, the City of Montpelier, and the Agency of Human Services.
The Programs Coordinator, Judy Gibson, administers the Restorative Justice Panels and assists with workshops, mediation, and outreach to victims.
The Reentry Specialist, Alfred Mills, administers the Restorative Reentry Program locating housing, recruiting volunteers and guiding Circles of Support and Accountability (COSAs).
The Victim Outreach Specialist, Pat Hoffman, contacts victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime to offer support and an empathetic ear. She also acts as the liaison between crime victims and the Restorative Justice Panels.
The work of the MCJC is made possible by federal and state grants, municipal support, other grants and donations, and the generous contribution of time by volunteers.
MCJC is a founding member of the Community Justice Network of Vermont. The work of Vermont's Community Justice Centers and Restorative Justice Programs is defined by a grant agreement with the Vermont Department of Corrections to make communities safer and prevent crime.
Our Service Area
The Montpelier Community Justice Center serves the communities of Montpelier, Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex, and Worcester and administers Restorative Justice Panels in Northfield and Waterbury with volunteers local to those areas.
The mission of the Community Justice Center is to ensure that the people it serves have the resources they need to resolve conflicts and promote problem solving in creative ways that encourage feelings of fairness, safety, and inclusion.Link to page
About Restorative JusticeLink to page
Restorative Justice FAQsLink to page
Programs & Services
The restorative approach to conflict and crime emphasizes repairing the harm done to people and relationships rather than assigning blame and doling out punishment.Link to page
Events & Trainings
The MCJC sponsors special events that highlight the work of local and national/international restorative justice practitioners.Link to page
The Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC) relies on skilled, trained volunteers to provide many of our services.Link to page
Volunteer!Link to page
Citizen Advisory Board
The Citizen Advisory Board gives community input in setting goals, priorities, and policies for the MCJC.Link to page