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Erin Freeborn Named Executive Director


Please join Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) in welcoming Erin Freeborn, our new executive director, shown here with C4RJ Board member and Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno.

Freeborn co-founded and served as executive director of Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion, Inc. (JCRJD), a successful restorative justice diversion program headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts.

“It is an honor to work with an organization so dedicated to the practice and expansion of restorative justice in the communities of this commonwealth,” said Freeborn. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join C4RJ and to build upon the successful work of Jennifer and the many wonderful volunteers and partners of this program.”

Freeborn fills the vacancy created by long-time Executive Director Jennifer Larson Sawin’s retirement.


Christy Barbee, who has served as acting executive director of C4RJ for the past six months and for the previous six years as chief case coordinator, will serve now as program director for C4RJ, working with volunteer case workers and police partners and continuing to develop C4RJ’s program for restorative practices in schools.

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