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Office of the Vermont Attorney General

New Diversion and Pretrial Services Provider Designated in Chittenden County

July 25, 2019

Contact: Willa Farrell, Co-Director, Community Justice Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced the Burlington Community Justice Center (CJC) has been designated as the new provider of Court Diversion and Pretrial Services in Chittenden County. Court Diversion is a restorative justice alternative to the court system that allows youth and adults, referred by prosecutors, to take responsibility for their unlawful actions and work with community volunteers to repair the harm they caused. Pretrial Services works with defendants who have mental health or substance use treatment needs who are going through the court process. Vermont law directs the Attorney General to administer services in all counties.

“Vermonters deserve alternatives to our adult and juvenile criminal justice systems,” said Attorney General Donovan. “The Community Justice Center has a proven track record of utilizing restorative justice principles, public health strategies, and common sense to enhance our public safety. I’m proud to be working with them.”

The Burlington CJC is a program within the City’s Community and Economic Development Office. “I am pleased to see our outstanding Community Justice Center take on more crucial responsibilities in the community,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “I am confident that the CJC will strengthen our community and our justice system by delivering these services effectively and equitably. Furthermore, I am hopeful that this change will ensure that court diversion programs are even better coordinated with the City’s broader effort to break the grip of the opioid epidemic.”

The contract with the Burlington CJC began on July 1, 2019. It was awarded by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office following a competitive procurement process.

Last modified: July 25, 2019