What We Do
Rooted in Restorative Justice Principles, Center for Restorative Programs (CRP) is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that seeks to recognize harms and restore equity as much as possible through safe and trauma-responsive programming. CRP’s service area includes the six counties of the San Luis Valley: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache.
In 1995, a group of local San Luis Valley leaders came together to address issues like discrimination, over-criminalization, and social inequality that were often left unresolved by the criminal justice system. CRP’s initial programming was grounded in Restorative Justice Diversion to help lessen the disproportionate penetration of minority youth into systems involvement.
Since CRP’s inception, staff and volunteers have facilitated over 2,500 restorative interventions with youth. We have also provided skills training to over 3,000 youth and youth-serving adults, to empower them with social emotional skills (emotion management, empathy, responsibility, initiative, and problem solving) for non-violent conflict resolution. Youth who complete a Restorative Justice program through CRP are 33% less likely to reoffend in the following year.
Through CRP’s mission to strengthen community in the San Luis Valley by building connection, transforming conflict and healing relationships, we dedicate ourselves to empowering and uplifting our community, and finding productive ways forward from incidents of harm. CRP’s programs are grounded in dialogue, accountability, and reconciliation, and are designed to provide participants with opportunities to build empathy, establish ownership over their futures, and use strengths to accomplish their goals.
CRP has grown intentionally and sustainably in response to myriad community needs. While youth Restorative Justice Diversion remains central to our work, programming now includes a broad array of prevention and intervention services.
Youth and Adult Restorative Justice Diversion, including Victim-Offender Dialogue, ReThinking Substances, and Traffic Circle group restorative interventions.
Restorative Practices in San Luis Valley schools to build strong cultures through individualized programming that includes personalized timetables, trainings and interventions.
Restorative Community Services
Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) offers alternative solutions to incarceration for low level offenders through specialized intensive case management support and services.
New Pathway into Community Case Management Supports coming this spring that will offer specialized intensive case management support and services to individuals who are referred through other community agencies in the SLV.
Restorative Family Support Services such as our High-Fidelity Wraparound program, provide personalized plans of care for children with complex needs and their families. A Wraparound team brings together youth, family, professionals, and people already in the family’s life to create and realize a strengths-based plan, develop self-efficacy, and increase natural supports.
Strengthen community in the San Luis Valley by building connection, transforming conflict, and healing relationships
Restorative Practices are the foundation of a healthy and just community throughout the San Luis Valley.
We all have a need for healthy connection and relationship with others. All people deserve the opportunity to build healthy relationships rooted in deep understanding.
Community is built on complex and interdependent relationships, including interpersonal, organizational, and systemic. A healthy community requires mutual understanding and respect rooted in deep listening and authentic communication.
Our words and actions have ripples of impact. True accountability is possible when we own the impact of our words and actions; when we take responsibility for our own behaviors and allow others to take responsibility for theirs; and when we strive to repair harms as meaningfully as possible.
Equity and Justness
We currently live in a society where systemic obstacles in the justice system, education, and access to resources often negatively impact marginalized groups. Preventing and repairing harm in individual relationships and within systems helps interrupt racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, allowing everyone to have greater access to achieving their full potential.
We all have the right to transform our lives and heal from the impact of harm we have caused or experienced. When we have agency to act and speak on our own behalf we grow stronger and more resilient.
Every person has dignity and value. Our community is stronger when each person has an opportunity to be heard and respected, particularly those that have been historically marginalized.
The organization has read and agree to abide by the Restorative Justice Facilitator Code of Conduct Standards: Yes
The organization offers Restorative Justice Services statewide: No
The organization offers Restorative Justice Training: Yes
Family Group Conferences
Victim Offender Dialogue
Victim Offender Conference
Hi-Impact Victim Offender Dialogue
Family Group Decision Making
Circle Processes (Please specify below)
School-Based Restorative Practices
Volunteer and Community Member Training
Restorative Justice 101 Awareness Training
School-Based Restorative Practices Training
Racism/historical bias-motivated harm
Crimes Against Persons
Substance related offenses
Victim Rights Act (VRA)
Who Can Make Refferals
Department of Youth Services
Department of Human Services