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Restorative justice in Vermont: A work in progress

Dooley, Michael
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) In Community justice: Striving for safe, secure, and just communities, ed. LIS, Inc., 30-35. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections.

In the mid 1990s Vermont embarked on a complete restructuring of its correctional services in terms of restorative justice principles and practices. Michael Dooley – Director of Reparative Programs, Vermont Department of Corrections – describes the foundations of this restructuring and its status as a work in progress. After explaining the appeal of the restorative model for correctional services, he discusses the “Sentencing Optionsâ€? approach, the aggregate name for programs offered by Vermont in this new structure. Then, focusing on one program, he examines the reparative probation program and community reparative boards in the Vermont system.


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