Back to RJ Archive

Restorative Justice: Vermont State Policy

Dembinski, Jan Peter
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) The Vermont Bar Journal, #156. 29(4). Downloaded 29 April 2004.

As Jan Peter Dembinski writes, by legislative action restorative justice became the law and official policy of the state of Vermont in May 2000. He characterizes the policy as broad and dynamic in that principles of restorative justice should be included in shaping the entire criminal justice system. Yet, Dembinski points out, restorative justice does not permeate Title 13 of Vermont Statutes Annotated – “Crimes and Criminal Procedure.â€? It is only barely mentioned as a possible option when a court orders a sentence of probation. All of this leads Dembinski to explore what restorative justice is, how restorative justice is being implemented in Vermont, and what effect it might or might not have on daily law practice for lawyers in Vermont.


Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now