Since 2003, the Essex Community Justice Center has provided restorative justice programming with a focus on crime prevention, conflict resolution and meeting the needs of those affected by crime.  Through multiple programs, the Community Justice Center staff and local volunteers support victims, address local crime, and work with offenders to lower their risk of recidivism and enhance community safety. The Essex Community Justice Center is funded through grants to the Town of Essex by the Department of Corrections, Agency of Human Resources and through donations from community members.  The Essex Community Justice Center serves Essex, Essex Junction, Westford, Underhill, Jericho, Colchester and Milton.

Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) provides community voice and perspective to the ECJC. The CAB supports staff and volunteers in the growth and development of: programs; policies; and procedures.  The work of the CAB is focused in 4 areas;

  • Program Development

  • Outreach and Communications

  • Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support

The ECJC strives to recruit members who provide representation from both Panel and COSA volunteers as well as  stakeholders from the communities we serve.  Current members are;

  • Pete Schmalz - Panel Volunteer and Essex Junction resident

  • Michele Mercier - Panel Volunteer and former Essex Town resident

  • Lindsay Halman - Panel Volunteer and Jericho resident

  • GayLynn Thornton - Panel Volunteer and Essex Town resident

  • Richard Smiles – Retired School Administrator and Essex Junction Resident

  • Andrea Van Liew – Director of Community Engagement and Training, Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services and Essex Junction resident

  • Andrew Gonyea – Director of Operations, Vermont Foundation of Recovery, CoSA Volunteer and Essex resident