Nelson’s new Restorative Justice Program is up and running.
The group of trained facilitators is already dealing with five cases and they’re likely to handle about 40 a year.
One of the volunteers is Jo Caldecott.
It brings the offender and victim together mainly to address the victim’s needs -and to make things right …like answering the question – why me?
Mary Nishio is another one of the volunteers who’ve undergone dozens of hours of training.
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The program keeps certain matters out of the courts, saves on Nelson police resources and can give first-offenders a second chance.
*Picture- some of Nelson’s Restorative Justice Program volunteers who will be facilitators and also mentors for future members of the group