Barron County Restorative Justice Programs (BCRJP) was incorporated in 1999. Our program was the brainchild of Circuit Court Judge Edward Brunner, who was looking for another way to ensure justice and stop the spiral towards criminal recidivism in our rural community. Community members and professionals collaborated to form our organization that focused on healing and repairing harm through the restorative principles of accountability, responsibility, reparation and positive behavior change.
Our first program was Victim Offender Conferencing, now called Restorative Conferencing. The Victim Impact Panel started less than a year later in response to a local tragedy. Our programs continuously expanded through the years, responding to the needs of our county. We serve over 2000 people annually in Barron County, providing both intervention and preventive services.
Barron County Restorative Justice has been a program of Goodwill NCW since 2012. Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that serves people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander. In its mission of Elevating People, Transforming Communities, Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from its retail stores to fund a variety of programs and services like Barron County Restorative Justice Programs. As a program of Goodwill NCW, BCRJP can fulfill its mission to “build safe, healthy communities” in Barron County.