Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast on Maine Watch

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December 10, 2009                                    Contact: Margaret Micolichek
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  

On Dec 11, 2009, at 10:51 AM, Donna M. Gilbert wrote:

Good Morning, Larry.  The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast is the subject of next week’s MPBN public affairs program Maine Watch.  We are working hard at getting out the word and are wondering if you could send it out to you e-mail list?  Any help would be appreciated.  Donna
Donna M. Gilbert
Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast
PO Box 141
96 Main Street
Belfast, Maine 04915
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