GUEST POST BY: Anjali Nandi’s
My name is Zana Molina, and I am the Restorative Justice intern for Deb Witzel at the State Court Administrator’s Office. I am currently working on my graduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver majoring in criminal justice. Once Deb told me about what a great trainer Anjali was, I became eager to take her MI training on June 17th and 18th at the Boulder County Justice Center, and she really did live up to the ‘hype!’ Motivational interviewing is a key tool to have in any restorative justice ‘toolbox’ and learning the skill with Anjali Nandi was such an honor! Anjali displayed appreciable passion for the subject, a desire to involve everyone in the training (not an easy task to accomplish with almost 50 people in attendance), and an energetic presence that made myself and others eager to learn and discuss MI skills with those who were unable to attend the training. Read More
What is Restorative Justice?
Restorative Justice is an approach to crime and wrongdoing that not only engages victims, offenders and their affected communities, but it is in fact governed by these three stakeholders. Restorative justice is about turning our attention and resources toward first recognizing harms experienced through crime, and then creating the conditions for that harm to be repaired, with a focus on righting relationships which have been thrown out of balance through harmful actions.
The result: restorative justice is cost-effective, shows the highest rates of satisfaction (90%+ from victims, communities & offenders) and reduces the offender re-offense rate to 10%, down from a national average of 60% with conventional justice. Restorative Justice emphasizes the way in which crimes affect not only people, but also the community in which it occurs. Read More >>
Contact the Colorado Coordinating Council: Deb Witzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 625-5964.