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Friday, June 29, 2007

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Communities for Restorative Justice receives grants

Gov. Deval Patrick's inaugural committee's charitable giving program has awarded Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), a Concord- and Carlisle-based organization, a $2,500 grant. In the same week, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest also awarded C4RJ $2,500.

C4RJ is the umbrella group for the Concord and Carlisle restorative justice circles. The circles are a complement to the criminal justice system, whereby youths cited by police for crimes are permitted to participate in the program, which stresses healing for victims and an opportunity for youths to make amends. Circles have been carried out in more than 53 cases, involving 72 youths, since the inception of the Concord Restorative Circle in 2000 and the Carlisle circle in 2002. More than 70 members of the two communities volunteer in the circles, including youth.

C4RJ formed last year to foster understanding of restorative justice and to help other communities develop their own restorative practices and programs.

The letter from the Patrick-Murray Inaugural Committee Giving Program notifying C4RJ of the award said, " That our independent review committee chose Communities for Restorative Justice from nearly 1,500 applicants serves as a testament to the valuable and needed work you are doing in your community."

The governor's inaugural committee, faced with a surplus of some $500,000, formed a giving program to support small groups pursuing civic engagement, especially those empowering youth. The grant will enable C4RJ to recruit and train youth volunteers.

The Community Chest was the first group to provide a grant to the Concord Restorative Justice Circle and has backed the work of both town's circles every year.

For more information about C4RJ and the Concord and Carlisle circles, contact Executive Director Betsy Maloney, 978-318-3447 or visit the C4RJ website, www.concordma.gov/pages/concordma_police/C4RJ/c4rjindex.


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