10th Anniversary 

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    10th Anniversary 
    2015 events

    If you missed our celebratory events created to inspire restorative justice conversations, reflection and understanding—or if you want to revisit them— this page is for you.  Events began in July when we held an Open House to celebrate our new home on Beaver Street. Highlights through November included a benefit performance of Yo Miss by Judith Sloan, a panel discussion featuring keynote by Honorable Judge Nancy Torresen, and a Gala dinner program with speakers Tess Gerritsen of Camden, retired Canadian prosecutor and author Rupert Ross, and author and peace activist Michael Patrick MacDonald, supplemented by music from Noel Paul Stookey and a vibrant, heartfelt rap from Gifford Campbell. 

    Songs and stories of restorative justice
     RJP Maine Gala Dinner event.
     Above left-to-right: Michael Patrick MacDonald, Noel Paul Stookey, Giff Campbell, Tess Gerritsen, Rupert Ross. Photos by Kevin Norsworthy.

    For full description of Gala Dinner event, click here.Full biographies of Rupert Ross and Michael Patrick MacDonaldVideo Clips of Gala Event

    Held September 17th at University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast

    Panelists joining Chief Judge Torresen were Jon Wilson, Director of JUST Alternatives and Chairman of Wooden Boat Publications; Judith Josiah-Martin, Ph.D, Director, Office of Multicultural Programs, University of Maine and Research Advisor at Smith College; Jeff Trafton, Waldo County High Sheriff, Margaret Micolichek, MPA, Restorative Justice Consultant and Kevin Martin, justice activist and student. The program was introduced by Reade Brower, entrepreneur and publisher. 

    Chief Judge Torresen worked for the United States Attorney for the District of Maine and the Maine Attorney General’s office, handling both civil cases and criminal prosecutions for twenty-one years; she became the first woman to sit as an Article III judge in the District of Maine since the Court was established in 1789. 

    ​Since 2012, Judge Torresen has led a federal drug court program called SWITCH (Success with the Court’s Help), which brings together the United States Attorney, the Federal Defender, treatment providers and the court in an attempt to help high-risk, high-needs offenders re-enter their community, conquer their addiction and become productive members of society.

    RJPMaine celebrates in high style before a packed house at Point Lookout Saturday evening, Oct. 17, 2015

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    ​RJPMaine Joins University of Maine to Host panel Discussion, Sept 18

    Panelists above, left-to-right:  Jon Wilson, Judith Josiah-Martin, Sheriff Trafton, Margaret Micolichek, Kevin Martin. At far right, bottom row:  Reade Brower provides program introduction.