Restorative Justice Council

Vision Statement
People in the Manitou Springs community will resolve conflicts in a respectful, safe and restorative manner
Mission Statement
To promote the use of restorative justice principles and practices in the Manitou Springs community.


1. Restorative justice is a way of thinking and responding to conflicts, disputes, or offenses.  Restorative justice concerns making things as right as possible for all people.
2. Restorative justice recognizes that response to conflicts, disputes or offenses is important. Restorative justice responds in ways that build safe and healthy communities.
3. Restorative justice deals cooperatively and constructively with conflicts, disputes, and offenses preferably at the earliest possible time and before they escalate.
4. Restorative justice recognizes that violations of rules and laws are also transgressions and offenses against persons, relationships, and community. 
5. Restorative justice addresses the harms and needs created by, and related to, conflicts, disputes, and offenses.
6. Restorative justice holds disputants and offenders accountable to recognize and repair the harm as much as possible.
7. Restorative justice empowers victims, disputants, offenders, and their communities to assume central roles in recognizing and repairing the harm and creating a safe community. 
8. Restorative justice seeks to repair the harm and reintegrate the victim, disputant, offender, and their community as much as possible. 
9. Restorative justice prefers maximum use of voluntary and cooperative response options. 
10. Restorative justice may be used in Manitou Springs schools, business community, city government, homes, faith community, neighborhoods, service organizations, and other areas to resolve disputes, conflicts, or offenses. 


RJ 101:

 February 15 and 16, 2020, 9AM-5PM, Place TBD, Fee - $240.00, 16 hours in classroom, 4 hours in community.

This training is designed to give new facilitators the information and basic skills for Restorative Justice/Community Group  conferencing.  It is an interactive course including history, background, principles, mediation skills and basic conferencing.  For more information contact Lynn Lee at

High Impact Victim/Offender Dialogue Training:

April  6-10, 2020, 9AM -5PM each day, Colorado Springs, Fee - $600.00

This is an advanced restorative justice training for those who wish to conduct victim/offender dialogues in cases of violent crime.  It is a very interactive course and is designed to give participants the skills necessary to work with victims who have experienced significant trauma and loss of loved ones as well as offenders who have been responsible for significant crime.  For more information, contact Lynn Lee at eelgnnyl@gmail.cokm


Types of Conferences & Services Offered

The Manitou Springs Restorative Justice Project provides the following services to the Manitou Springs community:

Mediation - MSRJP provides an opportunity to help members of the community resolve conflicts in a safe and respectful environment.  Conflicts may be between neighbors, family members, community members and/or business owners

Restorative Justice/Community Group Conferences - This is a process that involves someone who has committed an offense, their victim and volunteer community members.  It is a process facilitated by trained professionals who bring people together to determine how to best repair harm.  Usually involves a written agreement.

Circles - MSRJP provides an opportunity for individuals to come together to address an issue and build relationships.   Circles are designed to bring together individuals with a common interest (classroom, business, community) to address an issue that is of interest to all involved.

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