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Calling on Volunteers for Goleta Neighborhood Restorative Justice Program | Homes & Lifestyle

Posted on February 18, 2022
| 2:05 p.m.

Source: Barbara Ross for District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley has announced that, in partnership with the Second District Supervisor’s Office, a Neighborhood Restorative Justice Program (RPJ) has been developed in the Goleta Valley.

The Neighborhood RJP is a community-driven, pre-filing diversion program designed to divert low-level misdemeanor offenses from entering into the criminal justice system.

Offenders in the program are given an opportunity to take responsibility and repair some of the harm they caused through a community-based process using restorative justice principles instead of a courtroom. The Neighborhood RJP addresses criminal violations that impact quality of life in the community.

The District Attorney’s office is currently soliciting community panelists and facilitators who will be trained in restorative justice principles and participate in leading restorative justice proceedings (conferences). The facilitators will be trained in leading the conference and guide participants through a step-by-step restorative process.

The panelists play a supportive role in representing the community’s needs, interests and perspectives concerning the crime committed. Community volunteers should work or live in the Goleta Valley.

Requirements to become a volunteer facilitator or panelist:

• Complete the application
• A Live-Scan fingerprinting and criminal record check (immigrant status is irrelevant and will not be checked.)
• No recent felonies or misdemeanors
• Complete volunteer facilitator and panelist training
• Have lived in Goleta Valley for three years (one year if a student)
• Two-year time commitment (one year for students)
• Bilingual/bicultural Spanish/English volunteers are encouraged

For more information and to apply as a volunteer, visit the District Attorney’s website.

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