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Restorative Justice: Introduction

Restorative Justice refers to a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large (Oxford Dictionary).

Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) participates in restorative justice initiatives in several arenas:


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The VLGS Center for Justice Reform trains law and graduate students, community members, criminal justice professionals, educators, social service providers, and policy makers in the value of restorative and innovative criminal justice programs and confers the following degrees, which can be completed online, on campus, or a hybrid of both:


VLGS is a co-founder and partner of the National Center on Restorative Justice (NCRJ) in collaboration with the University of Vermont, the University of San Diego, and the U.S. Office of Justice Programs. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), its mission is to educate and train the next generation of justice leaders and to support and lead research focusing on restorative justice and addressing social inequities to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States.

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