Devon came to TYJI after years working on issues of homelessness here in CT, as well as managing a large behavioral health framework implementation for Middletown Public Schools. She attended a counter-oppressive graduate school program and received her Master’s in Social Change, which inevitably lead to her involvement in the Restorative Justice movement and her current position with TYJI. During the summer of 2015, Devon participated in an International Institute of Restorative Practices four-day training.
She has subsequently received their Training of Trainers in Introduction to Restorative Practices, Using Circles Effectively and Facilitating Restorative Conferences. She also implemented Restorative Justice Practice trainings and practices across the Middletown School District during her three-years in administration there. Devon also spent the 2016-2017 academic year working alongside trainers from the Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice, learning from another well-established model in this work. As the Restorative Justice Practice Project Coordinator, Devon manages TYJI’s leg of the Child Health and Development’s School-Based Diversion Initiative, focused on Restorative Justice Practices training and implementation state-wide at the school level. RJP is an effective diversionary tactic on the community side of juvenile justice reform, and as we grow our RJ work at TYJI we envision RJP being implemented across the continuum of juvenile service providers.