The Lafayette Police Department has used the Boulder County District Attorney's Office Restorative Justice Program for several years. Restorative justice (RJ) is an alternative program, usually offered to juvenile offenders instead of being charged with a crime and entered into the criminal justice system. Restorative justice typically involves identifying the harm caused and repairing that harm. It consists of each person affected by the harm, such as victim(s), offender(s), witnesses, police officers, or others, to meet voluntarily with trained RJ facilitators. Through meetings, offenders must accept responsibility for causing harm. Upon successful completion of the program, the case is removed, and there is no court criminal record for the offender(s). It has been a highly successful program. Until now, this program was only offered in cases with offenses funneled into the Boulder County District Attorney's Office (20th Judicial District).
Beginning in Sept. 2023, the Lafayette Police Department partnered with the Boulder County Sheriff's Office Restorative Justice Program. This partnership expands the program's services to cover municipal offenses committed by juveniles, benefiting more members of the community. This effort was thanks to the collaborative efforts between the Lafayette Municipal Court, the Judge and Prosecutor, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, and the Lafayette Police Department. This new collaboration provides more localized services in our community.
The Lafayette Police Department will continue to use the Boulder County District Attorney's Office program and is excited to now add the Boulder County Sheriff's Office program. Learn more about these Restorative Justice Programs:
Boulder County District Attorney's Office Restorative Justice Program - available for state offenses
Boulder County Sheriff's Office Restorative Justice Program - now available for municipal offenses