Citizen Justice: Concerns and Motivations of Vermont Reparative Board Volunteers

David R. Karp, Skidmore College
Gordon Bazemore, Florida Atlantic University

This paper reports findings from a survey of Vermont Reparative Probation volunteers who serve on restorative justice boards. These boards meet with probationers to negotiate contracts to repair the harm of the crime and reintegrate the offenders back into the community. The survey examines board members' demographics, motivations for volunteering, the effect of the program on their attitudes about criminal justice, and the partnership relationship between community volunteers and the Vermont Department of Corrections.

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