Since 2005, the Restorative Justice Project Maine has offered restorative processes to juveniles and adults involved in the legal system, inviting the community to hold them accountable for their actions, giving voice to those who have been harmed, and creating pathways for amends, restitution, and the repair of damaged relationships.

Now, across the Midcoast, the Project is building a community-led Justice Hub in each county guided in both prevention and harm repair strategy by a diverse leadership team of local residents. Across Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties, the Project’s vision is to collectively construct a new model for supporting each other, forging, and strengthening community bonds and responding to harm perpetuated in our neighborhoods and communities. We believe that only communities can prevent crime and repair harm.

There are many ways that people can become involved in growing this alternative to the traditional criminal legal system:

Mentor a young person striving to repair harm.
Facilitate a community building circle or harm repair process.
Serve as a community representative or speak to the impact of harm that you experienced as a surrogate for a person harmed, in a restorative justice process.
Join a committee on advocacy and policy projects.
Participate in an Open Table process to welcome someone returning to a community post-incarceration.

Those interested in joining can sign up for a training series which begins in January. There are many options to choose from to meet busy schedules and all training is done through Zoom — no travel required.

To register or for more information, visit rjpmidcoast.org, contact the Community Justice Hub Manager nearest you or call the main office at 338-2742.

Waldo County: Hanlon@rjpmidcoast.org
Knox County: Erica@rjpmidcoast.org
Lincoln County: Drew@rjpmidcoast.org
Sagadahoc County: Tom@rjpmidcoast.org

RJP Maine is a nonprofit organization that promotes fundamental change in communities, schools and institutions and the ways communities practice justice.