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Restorative program empowers victims


November 18-24 is National Restorative Justice Week. I am fortunate to be a part of Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project (LARJP) that has been working in Crow Wing County since 2005. LARJP is a nonprofit volunteer- driven, community-supported program. Its mission is to restore the community by involving juveniles who have caused harm, the persons who have been harmed and local citizens in a process which promotes healing to all.


LARJP gives youth a chance to be accountable for wrong-doing and empowers victims with a voice, thereby restoring safety and harmony to the community.

Kay Pranis, Minnesota Department of Corrections, identifies restorative justice as “a vision of a society which honors the dignity of human beings and centrality of relationships.” To learn about LARJP in service to Crow Wing County, visit or 218-568-4145.

Terri Nault

Volunteer Coordinator

Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project

Pequot Lakes

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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