Our Beginning

Barron County Restorative Justice

Barron County Restorative Justice Programs (BCRJP) was incorporated in 1999 and was the brainchild of Circuit Court Judge Edward Brunner, who was looking for another way to ensure justice and stop the spiral toward criminal recidivism in our rural community.

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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 services continuously expanded through the years, responding to the needs of our county. We provide both intervention and preventive services to people in Barron County.

In 2012, Barron County Restorative Justice became a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin.