Community Justice Collaboratives


The goal of the Community Justice Collaboratives is to expand the capacity of and engagement with restorative practices across Maine. The Collaboratives combine strategic program development with community input and resources designed to develop a strong network of supporters of restorative philosophy in Maine.

A Community Justice Collaborative is a multi-disciplinary group made up of individuals who have a shared interest in expanding access to and understanding of restorative practices in their community. Through the Community Justice Collaboratives, people convene across systems on a regular basis to learn about restorative justice, and consider the ways it can be implemented in the community, from prevention, to intervention to reintegration.


Specifically, the Community Justice Collaboratives:

  • Work together to understand the issues and resources in their community, and develop and support a plan for implementing restorative justice practices.

  • Share, reflect and advise on vision, strategy and planning for the implementation of restorative practices in their community

  • Build connections across systems

  • Provide local accountability for RJIM programming in the community

  • Identify growth and sustainability options for local programming


RJIM staff facilitate planning and coordinate training and ongoing support with the CJCs.


Current Communities Involved in the Community Justice Initiative:

Augusta, Biddeford, Bangor, Berwick, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston,Portland, Oxford Hills. 

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