Law: Public Interest in Practice: Restorative Denver

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October 11

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Frank H. Ricketson Law Bldg, Room 155

Audience: Current Student

Join us to learn about restorative practices! Restorative Denver is a partnership between the Denver District Attorney’s Office and The Conflict Center (TCC), a community-based nonprofit with over 30 years of experience in conflict transformation and restorative practices.  Eligible cases are screened by the DA’s Office and then referred to TCC where they participate in a community-based restorative justice process called community-group conferencing.  Successful cases are dismissed and sealed.  Restorative Justice helps harmed parties or crime victims feel supported and empowered and allows parties who caused harm or defendants to understand the impact of their actions and repair the harm they caused to the greatest extent possible.  In the first 3 years of the program, 273 cases were referred, 206 people successfully completed the program, and only 6 were unsuccessful.  Additionally, only 3% of people who have successfully completed Restorative Denver have recidivated, which is remarkably low compared to other criminal system interventions.  Come learn about this innovative and important alternative to the traditional criminal system from multiple perspectives and learn how you can get further involved.

We will be joined by:

  • Beth Yohe: The Conflict Center, Executive Director
  • Chris Brown-Haugen: Denver DA’s Office, Deputy DA for Restorative Justice & Diversion
  • Kylee Wellons: Restorative Denver Intake Manager
  • Restorative Denver Case Manager, rep TBA
  • Colleen Kelley: Denver Public Defender’s Office
  • Liz Porter-Merrill: Office of the State Public Defender

Join in person or via zoom.