Offender Support Services

 An important part of building a safe, resilient community is to provide accountability and support for people returning from prison so they can live healthy, productive and crime-free lives.  The Burlington CJC has a variety of services to help offenders reintegrate successfully and lessen the likelihood of new crimes.  They include:

  • Resource Navigation - Resource Navigation works with individuals returning to Burlington to support their needs secondary to employment.  After meeting with a referred client, an assessment will be done to identify services and supports needed to increase the likelihood that the client can live successfully in their community.   Once the assessment is completed, the Resource Navigator will then engage clients in exploring which services within the community  can best meet their assessed needs.  Maghon Luman is available by appointment to provide one-on-one assistance for individuals and she can be reached at (802) 865-7155 or mluman@burlingtonvt.gov
  • Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) -Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) is a reentry program based on a successful international restorative justice model of assisting serious offenders to reintegrate into their communities. Trained COSA volunteers work in teams of three to five and meet weekly with an offender to support him/her in returning to the community and managing everyday living.  The mission of a COSA is to enhance community safety and repair relationships by supporting core members to successfully rejoin the community and commit no further offensesStuart Recicar is the person to contact with questions, concerns or to learn more about volunteering for this program.  he can be reached at (802) 540-1719 or srecicar@burlingtonvt.gov

Community Safety

Additionally, the Program provides a forum to address community concerns regarding the activities of offenders in our neighborhoods. It is a venue for residents to express concerns, ask questions and receive information. Public meetings are held and statistics regarding placement and activities of people under the supervision of the Department of Corrections (DOC) reviewed regularly.  The City works closely with the local DOC Office to improve supervision of Offenders and respond to issues raised by residents of Burlington.

For more information about offender reentry, you can view information on "Crime in Vermont: Myth vs. Fact" as a PDF file here.