[HCCN] Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast on Maine Public Broadcasting program on Dec. 17-18

Larry Dansinger rosc at psouth.net
Fri Dec 11 12:58:07 EST 2009

For anyone interested in restorative justice in Maine: Please pass  
along to others in your area. Thanks.

December 10, 2009                                Contact: Margaret  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                               207-338-2742

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast to be Subject of  
MPBN’s Maine Watch

Belfast, Maine – The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast will  
be the subject of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s public  
affairs series  Maine Watch hosted  by Jennifer Rooks.  The thirty  
minute show will air on MPBN Thursday and Friday, December 17 & 18 at  
8:30 PM.  There will be a rebroadcast on Sunday at 5:30 PM.  The  
program will focus specifically on RJP’s Community Reentry Program  
and the Community Resolution Team Conferences.  There will be a panel  
during the second part discussing a more global perspective of  
restorative justice.

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast (RJP) is a not for  
profit organization which was originated five years ago as an  
alternative to the criminal justice system’s punitive response to  
crime.   Working within the justice system RJP focuses on repairing  
the harm done to victims.  It does this by holding the offenders  
accountable and encourages them to take responsibility for the harm  
they caused; it offers rehabilitative alternatives to jail; it  
promotes healthy decision making; it reintegrates offenders into the  
community; and, it engages the community as partners in restorative  
responses to crime.

Maine Watch will feature members of a Community Resolution Team  
Conference in which an adolescent and the person harmed met with  
community members and through a structured process developed a  
mutually agreed-upon contract to repair the harm.   A second focus  
will be the Community Reentry Program which helps individuals make  
the transition from jail back into the community with the help of a  
mentor.   Maine Watch will conclude with a panel consisting of Dr. T.  
Richard Snyder, Chair of RJP, Scott Story, Waldo County Sheriff, and  
Mark Westrum, Correctional Administrator, Two Bridges Regional Jail,  
Wiscasset, Maine.
For more information about the Restorative Justice Program, contact  
Margaret Micolichek 338-2742 or margaret at rjpmidcoast.org. 
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