Community Group Conferences
A team of two volunteer facilitators directs the community group conferences and restorative circles. They conduct pre-conference interviews with all involved parties, including face-to-face interviews with the victim(s) and the offender(s). The facilitator’s role is not to act as a judge, but to use facilitation skills to keep a safe space while assisting communication between the participants during the restorative justice process, and to record negotiated contracts. Pre-conferences typically require less than one hour, and the conferences last 2-3 hours.
Individuals interested in becoming a facilitator are required to attend a 16-hour comprehensive training offering philosophical education plus the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate restorative justice conferences. New facilitators are asked to participate in at least 2 conferences as a community member and to co-facilitate with a more experienced facilitator until a level of competency is demonstrated. We ask that facilitators commit to one year with the program and to facilitate 8 conferences per year. Hours are flexible. Attendance at monthly meetings is required for on-going training and case de-briefing.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is currently recruiting volunteer facilitators who want to make a difference and believe that people can change; work in the Jail’s Victim Impact classes and help inmates learn to recognize the impact of their behavior on others. Be part of a program that makes a difference. The program has been ongoing for the past 9 years and has been recognized for numerous awards.
Men’s classes run for 8 weeks, meeting once per week for 2 hours on Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Additionally, 2 hours of preparation time which includes reviewing inmate homework is required. 16 hours of training will be provided. Classes are facilitated with two facilitators. The Victim Impact Team consists of four facilitators that rotate every 8 weeks. Class curriculum includes speakers, documentary DVD and facilitating discussion; emphasis on accountability and change. New facilitators will be paired with an experienced facilitator until fully trained.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Mediation Program offers free mediation services for residents living within Boulder County, but outside of Boulder or Longmont city limits. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between parties who are in conflict and assist those parties in generating ideas to develop their own solutions. Types of cases mediated include landlord/tenant, neighbor-to-neighbor, family and pet issues. Volunteer mediators conduct face-to-face pre-mediation meetings with both parties prior to the actual mediation. Duration of mediations varies with each case.
Volunteer mediators must complete or have completed 40 hours of mediation process training. If you would like more information about becoming a facilitator or a mediator.
Restorative Justice Coordinator
5600 Flatiron Parkway
Boulder, CO 80301