Balanced & Restorative Justice (BARJ)

BARJ is a balanced, restorative approach to juvenile justice.

It emphasizes:

  • Reducing the number of youth involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Repairing the harm caused by delinquent behaviors
  • Giving victims and community members a voice in the process

Our Mission Statement

Read the BARJ Mission Statement.


Who We Serve

BARJ serves youth who are:

  • On juvenile probation
  • At risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Truant from school

Our Services

Services could include:

  • Restorative Processes:
    Give victims and community members an opportunity to interact with youth to discuss the harms caused and the actions needed to repair the damage caused by the acts.
  • Restitution Supports:
    Are provided by Contractor to work with the youth in meeting their restitution requirements.  When appropriate the Contractor will coordinate with the Restitution Unit of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services to collect restitution payments.
  • Screening:
    Contractor will provide Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) pre-screening to determine risk and coordinate protocols for referring youth to services based on risk and needs.
  • Case Management:
    Services provide youth and families with coordination of services that are individualized and may include but not limited to:
    • Attendance at family and school team meetings
    • Therapeutic treatment meetings
    • One-to-one support to youth and family
    • Community-based visits, including in the home
    • Attendance at case plan reviews
    • Attendance at court hearings
    • Drug and alcohol testing
    • Curfew checks
  • Restorative Skills Development:
    Includes groups or activities that may include:
    • Conflict resolution
    • Social skills development
    • Problem solving and decision making
    • Community service/service learning
    • Victim and community impact
    • Respectful communication
  • Prevention & Community Outreach:
    • Community-based activities and prevention efforts

BARJ Providers in each District

  • BARRE: Washington County Diversion - (802) 479-1900
  • BENNINGTON: Center for Restorative Justice - (802) 447-1595
  • BRATTLEBORO: Youth Services - (802) 257-0361
  • BURLINGTON: Spectrum Youth and Family Services - (802) 864-7423
  • HARTFORD: Valley Court Diversion Program - (802) 295-5078
  • MIDDLEBURY: Easter Seals - (802) 382-4030
  • MORRISVILLE: Lamoille Restorative Center - (802) 888-5871
  • NEWPORT: NEKCA Community Justice Programs - (802) 334-8224
  • RUTLAND: Rutland County Court Diversion & Restorative Justice Center Inc. - (802) 775-2479
  • SPRINGFIELD: Valley Court Diversion Program - (802) 295-5078
  • ST. ALBANS: Franklin/GI Restorative Justice Center - 802) 524-7006
  • ST. JOHNSBURY: Northeast Kingdom Youth Service - (802) 748-8732

The focus is on keeping communities safe, holding youth accountable and helping youth become productive, invested members of their communities.