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The Establishment of a National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $3,000,000)

The establishment of the National Center on Restorative Justice (Center) will serve two primary goals: (1) Educate and train next generation of juvenile and criminal justice leaders. The Center shall engage and challenge undergraduate, graduate, and law students, in conjunction with criminal justice professionals, community members, educators, and social service providers, at the state, regional, and national levels, in order to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and restorative approaches through a degree program, a summer-term institute, or brief courses, while encouraging access to educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals; and, (2) Support research focusing on how best to provide direct services to address social inequities, such as simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and higher education. The Vermont Law School will use award funds to establish the National Center on Restorative Justice. The Center will improve criminal justice policy and practice by broadening the understanding of justice systems and restorative approaches for undergraduate, master's level, and law students, and justice professionals while expanding educational opportunities for incarcerated individuals and researching how best to provide them with simultaneous access to substance abuse treatment and education. The Center will provide justice systems education and training through semester-long and two-week summer courses delivered residentially and online. The Center will expand educational opportunities for those under sentence and in a court-supervised substance abuse program. The Center will also host two restorative justice institutes annually, thus deepening the restorative justice knowledge base for justice professionals. Through research and evaluations, the Center will disseminate reports on the educational initiatives' impact on attitudes, recidivism, and costs. CA/NCF

Date Created: March 18, 2020