KRJ Coordinator receives a file from the RCMP and assigns a Facilitator to begin the RJ process.
Kootenay Restorative Justice (KRJ) believes that harm reduction is made possible by fostering connections between people and their community. We offers processes for the communities of the Central Kootenays to become involved in resolving issues around crimes through the practice of restorative justice.
KRJ operates in partnership with W.E. Graham Community Services Society (WEGCSS) to provide restorative justice services to the Central and West Kootenays. WEGCSS is the managing partner and non-profit organization that provides administrative and financial oversight for KRJ. We are grateful for this partnership to expand and enhance restorative justice services in our communities.
The KRJ program operates using the RCMP model of restorative practices called the Community Accountability Program. KRJ is offered in the areas surrounding Nelson, the municipalities of Trail, Salmo, Castlegar, Slocan, Winlaw, New Denver, Nakusp and the outlying communities.
A restorative conference arranged by a facilitator can provide an atmosphere and format in which a meaningful human encounter between the victim, offender and community is possible, and significant characteristics of the criminal experience can be appropriately addressed.
The conference allows for the opening of safe channels of communication between participants which consider the individual rights, concerns and confidentiality of the people involved. Due to the sensitive nature of the cases, volunteers are expected to keep all information confidential and strive to treat all persons involved with respect and dignity.
If you have committed an offence you can contact us and we can speak to you about the process and the possibility of having the matter referred to KRJ. The restorative justice process is voluntary and, our your guardian, can contact the RCMP member involved in your case directly to request a KRJ referral.
If you were the victim of a crime and are interested in exploring restorative justice, you can contact us directly and we can speak with you about the process and the possibility of having the matter referred. We only accept referrals to our program with the victim’s permission. If you agree to proceed with restorative justice, you decide how you want to participate, if at all, in the process.
If someone you know has committed an offence you can contact us and we can speak to you about the process and the possibility of having the matter referred to KRJ. The restorative justice process is voluntary but the person responsible must take responsibility for the offend to be referred.
The decision for the referral is an agreement between the RCMP and KRJ.