A review of the concept of Restorative Justice will be the next Central Colorado Humanist Sunday Science program, set for Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Salida Scout Hut, 210 East Sackett Ave.

Neuroscience research shows human brains can change, depending on several factors including, significantly, environment.

Restorative Justice operates under the concept of crime and wrongdoing as an action against the individual and community, rather than the “state.”

Crime statistics in Colorado show lower youth recidivism rates during, or in the year following participation in a restorative justice program. The statistics show that 31.5 percent recidivism rates for those in a traditional justice system approach, versus 8.2 percent for those who take part in a restorative justice program.

Kimberly Parker, executive director of Full Circle Restorative Justice and Patty LaTaille, program director for Full Circle Restorative Justice in Salida, will speak on scientific practices used in the program to create conditions for neurogenesis and the capacity to develop empathy.

Parker has served as a resource to families in Chaffee County through the Colorado Community Response program, worked closely with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and developed a long-term housing program for those victims. 
LaTaille has had more than 25 years of experience in working with and mentoring high-risk adolescents.

Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science presentations on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation features a science topic understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. A discussion and light refreshments will follow the talk. 
Admission is free, while donations are welcomed to help offset costs.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. to allow the program to begin promptly at 10 a.m.