A series of public meetings will be held in November to inform the public and gauge interest in implementing a community and restorative justice program locally.
Diana Queen will be the speaker at a series of public meeting introducing community and restorative justice. She will give a one-hour presentation and then take questions from the public. The meetings will be held at a number of times and locations to better serve the community.
The meetings will be:
- Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. in Crockett Auditorium at Maysville Community & Technical College
- Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Amo Peters Center
- Tuesday, Nov. 14 at noon in the Shackleford Room at the Cox Building
To date, Louisville, Lexington, and Covington have community and restorative justice programs, which can augment the traditional justice system – like drug court – or operate within education systems, neighborhoods or community wide.
Community and Restorative Justice doesn’t just address the offender and how they should be punished. It can include the victim and others impacted by the offense like the victim’s family, the offender’s family, and other members of the community. Restorative justice brings all those people together in order to have meaningful conversations that may lead to reconciliation, less recidivism, and better community outcomes, according to Queen, founder of Kentucky Center for Community & Restorative Justice.
Community and restorative justice is not implemented the same way in every community, Queen said. Louisville, for example, focuses on youth issues. Judges, schools, and others are all committed to that goal. She recently completed the two-year process of helping Covington form a Community Restorative Justice program.
“We don’t have any kind of set model that we just stick in there and do,” Queen said. “It would be about Maysville and the people of Maysville and how they would want to do something like this. It’s about you crafting it. I can help you steward some processes, but ultimately it’s about you.”
Queen has a background as a Kentucky state trooper and detective, city council member, and volunteer with youth and the Kentucky Innocence Project. Her years of experience with victims of crime and offenders inspired her to found the Kentucky Center for Community and Restorative Justice in order to instill more fairness, legitimacy, and community involvement into the justice system.
The Community and Restorative Justice meetings are sponsored by the Maysville Commission on Human Rights.
Diana Queen may be reached at 859-321-4650 or firstname.lastname@example.org