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NO. R-257. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS ON THE WINDHAM COUNTY REPARATIVE JUSTICE PANELS.

(J.R.H. 203)

Offered by: Representatives Partridge of Windham and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Whereas, the probation of offenders offers significant opportunities and challenges for the criminal justice system, and

Whereas, in Vermont, reparative probation provides an alternative method for nonviolent offenders to compensate their victims and, upon satisfactory completion of a 90-day volunteer panel supervised agreement, to constructively reenter the main stream of society, and

Whereas, reparative probation enables victims, and a community, to directly participate in the important rehabilitative process, and

Whereas, reparative probation has four principal goals, and

Whereas, the first goal is for the offender to restore any damage that occurred, and to make amends to the victim of the crime by paying restitution, apologizing and engaging in other appropriate activities, and

Whereas, the second goal is to make amends to the community through community restoration work and presenting motivational talks to students, and

Whereas, a third goal is for offenders to learn about the impact of their crime on the victim and the community, by participating in a victim impact empathy panel or visiting an emergency medical ward, and

Whereas, the final goal of the program is for offenders to learn ways to avoid repeating their past criminal behavior, and

Whereas, the pivotal key to the success of the reparative probation program is the dedicated and highly competent volunteers who sit on the supervisory panels, and

Whereas, no group of reparative probation volunteers in Vermont is more worthy of praise than the outstanding individuals from Windham County, including Trudy Crites, Brian Frost, Norman Hunt, Tom Mansfield, David Parker, Judy Schwab, Robert Treat, John Ogorzalek, John and Cindy Wilcox, Herb Meyers, Daniel Romeo, Ray and Jeanne Walker, Gail Stewart, Francis Coyne, Richard Doyle, Ruth Keefe, Linda Kersten, Robin Gallup, and Michaelene and Richard Schwarz, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates all of the reparative probation volunteers in Windham County for the outstanding contribution they have made to improving the lives of individual offenders and the criminal justice system, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the aforenamed individuals.