WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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tions are met, the circle reconvenes. Failure to fulfill those obligations, or if the process otherwise breaks down, means the case is referred back to the police. C4RJ is a lean organization with a staff of 4 and a 13-member advisory board. It relies heavily on some 80 trained volunteers who participate in circles and call an offender weekly to help them stay on task. Volunteers also assist with governance, office work, or fundrais- ing. They must be CORI checked and approved by the police chief. More than 600 cases have been processed by C4RJ to date, mostly felonies or misdemeanors including harassment, civil rights viola- tions, grand larceny, counterfeiting, social host law violation, and assault. Some were violent crimes, arson, or domestic violence, but good works "it was the answer we were looking for" 148 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 "Some thought it was 'touchy-feely stuff ' until they participated in circles and saw how it works. Now they think it's great and my supervisors have a good feel for which cases are suited to it." – W e l l e s l e y P o l i c e C h i e f Te r r y C u n n i n g h a m M E D I A B A K E R Y 144-153_WWMa14_good works_C4RJ_v2_WellesleyWeston Magzine 2/2/14 12:50 PM Page 148

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