Saint Paul City Attorney Lyndsey Olson Announces Neighborhood Justice Program Feedback Sessions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2019
Contact: City Attorney Lyndsey Olson

lyndsey.olson@ci.stpaul.mn.us
651-266-8717

SAINT PAUL, MN – Today, Saint Paul City Attorney Lyndsey Olson announced a series of feedback sessions for community members to learn about, and provide feedback on the development of the new Neighborhood Justice Program. The program is expected to be launched later this year, and will use a restorative justice model to provide a community-based, victim-centered alternative to traditional prosecution in addressing crime.

“The Neighborhood Justice Program will offer a new way to use restorative justice principles in our community,” said Mayor Carter. “I invite everyone to join us at these sessions to learn about the program and offer feedback to ensure it works for all of us in Saint Paul.”

“The development of a Neighborhood Justice Program will provide a community-based, victim-centered approach to address crime in Saint Paul,” said City Attorney Lyndsey Olson. “Through this model, everyone can help create a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive city.”

Sessions will be hosted by the City Attorney’s Office across Saint Paul. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the program, ask questions, and provide feedback which will help inform the development of the program. The times and locations for the Neighborhood Justice Program feedback sessions are:

  • Mon June 3, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Parkway North
  • Tues, June 4, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Church, 700 Snelling Avenue South
  • Thurs, June 13, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue
  • Tues, June 18, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Avenue
  • Tues, June 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice Street
  • Wed, June 26, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Avenue
  • Thurs, June 27, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Riverview Library, 1 George Street East

All session facilities are ADA accessible. For interpreter accommodations, please contact the Neighborhood Justice Program at njp@ci.stpaul.mn.us at least two business days in advance of the listening session.

ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD JUSTICE PROGRAM
The Neighborhood Justice Program is an initiative of the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office which involves a restorative justice approach to certain first-time, non-violent misdemeanors. It is intended to achieve meaningful, restorative, equitable justice, and to create safer communities through compassionate accountability. The program involves:

  • Engaging and training volunteers from the neighborhoods affected by crimes;
  • Working with offenders to identify the harm they have done to victims, the community, and themselves;
  • Engaging with the offender and victim to identify ways the offender can repair harm;
  • Working to understand the root cause of the crime and provide resources, education, and support that could assist the victim and offender as they move forward.

The City Attorney’s Office will be partnering with the Dispute Resolution Center and Circle of Peace Movement for training and several aspects of the program’s administration. To view more details about the Neighborhood Justice Program feedback sessions visit: https://www.stpaul.gov/neighborhood-justice-program

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