Restorative Justice Project receives $10,000 grant from Elizabeth Anne Leach Charitable Trust

Funding to provide restorative intervention in Lincoln County schools
Aug 13, 2014

The Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, which promotes fundamental change in the justice system and the schools, has received a $10,000 grant from the Elizabeth Ann Leach Charitable Trust.

The grant will provide restorative intervention services to Lincoln County schools. RJP services offer youth the opportunity for new relationships that can deter them from detention, suspension or expulsion from schools, and ultimately from related arrests and prosecution.

The trust’s support will also help establish partnerships with officers and school officials to develop and sustain systems of long-term restorative services in Lincoln County.

RJP makes a difference

Within Lincoln County schools in 2012-13, there were 223 school suspensions and 20 expulsions. According to the most recent Maine Juvenile Justice Data Book, there were 103 arrests for such offenses as theft, vandalism, liquor and drug abuse violations in 2010.

According to Jay Davis, president of RJP’s board, “With restorative intervention, we can make an important difference by reaching the broader population of youth — those getting in trouble and at high risk of getting into more trouble," before their behavior has propelled them into the formal systems of school discipline and criminal justice.

RJP was started in Belfast in 2005 and now serves the four counties of Waldo, Knox, Sagadahoc and Lincoln within Prosecutorial District Six.

Through services that encompass the spectrum of need from prevention, to intervention, to reintegration, RJP works with schools, juvenile courts and the Maine Coastal Regional Re-entry Center in Belfast.

Take responsibility

In RJP programs, offenders take responsibility for the harm they have caused and, with the participation of victims and others from the community, reach an agreement to repair that harm.

In RJP community-based programs, adult and juvenile offenders are linked with adult mentors in the community.

Support for the Restorative Justice Project is provided by state and local entities. In addition to the Leach Charitable Trust, these include the Maine Community Foundation, the Lerner Foundation, the Maine Department of Corrections, Volunteers of America, the Gorman Foundation, the Bangor Savings Bank and individual donors.

For more information, contact the RJP at (207) 338-2742, info@rjpmidcoast.org or www.rjpmidcoast.org

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