As a practitioner and mediator, Janice is an expert trainer in the Texas Model of Restorative Discipline. She was the recipient of the 2015 National Leadership Award, from the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ). She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Restorative Justice Institute of Atlanta, LLC. She also established “Spaces in the Rainbow” a workshop for youth and parents to have a space for meaningful communication. Spaces in the Rainbow received a 2017 grant from NACRJ for its summer workshops that are free to families.
Janice was first introduced to peacemaking Circles in 2005 while working with the Juvenile Court of Clayton County, Georgia. Restorative justice was part of the court’s diversion program process. There at the juvenile court, she supervised juvenile court officers/probation officers, mediators, and truancy officers in the Intake and Diversion division. She was the Peacemaking Circle Manager for the court and coordinated and facilitated many circles in the state of Georgia. She has also taken peacemaking Circles training to the other areas outside of metro Atlanta including Bartow County, GA, and Miami, Florida.
In April 2006, Janice was part of a four-person panel that gave a presentation to the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in Atlanta. The presentation, entitled “Peacemaking Circles: A New Tool for Juvenile Courts,” was received with great enthusiasm. Janice is former editor and advisor to the Georgia Trained Peacemaking Circle Newsletter.
The Restorative Justice Institute of Atlanta, LLC (RJIA) provides certified training utilizing Restorative Justice principles. The training includes Certified Anger Management Specialist (CAMS-RJ), Certified Theft Prevention and Impact Instructors (RJ), Certified Parenting Instructors (RJ), certified registered Restorative Justice Practitioners and continuing education units (CEU). RJIA provides community services with our workshop titled Spaces in the Rainbow, a workshop for youth to discuss their parents. Other community services include Pre-trial diversion programs.
Janice Jerome, a native Atlantan, has been working in and with government for over 25 years. She earned her master’s degree in Public Administration and her bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from Troy State University in Troy, Alabama. She is also a Paralegal, Mediator, Anger Management Specialist, Professional Genealogist, Theft Prevention and Impact Instructor, Parenting Instructor, and a Restorative Justice Consultant.
Janice is the recipient of the 2015 National Leadership in Community Restorative Justice Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ). She is also the recipient of the 2005 Romae Powell Management Award, and a 2006 Director Award from the Juvenile Court Association of Georgia.
Janice has worked with the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Immigration Court in Miami and Atlanta, and the Clayton County Juvenile Court.
Janice is former editor and advisor to the Georgia Trained Peacemaking Circle Newsletter. With the support of BP Oil and Kennesaw State University Conflict Resolution Division, she served as the Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circle Manager for the Juvenile Court of Clayton County. There at the juvenile court, she supervised juvenile court officers/probation officers, mediators, and truancy officers in the Intake and Diversion division. She has coordinated and facilitated many restorative Circles.
Janice was trained in Restorative Justice by Kay Pranis and Gwen Jones.
Janice has been very instrumental in expanding Circle nationwide. She has worked with victim-offender dialogue, collaborated with the religious communities as well as private and public organizations. A list of areas of diverse training includes court staff, corporate management and employees, county school teachers and administration, faith-based leaders, adult/juvenile probation officers, mediators, managers and staff, family reunions, funerals, and volunteer community support teams.
Janice is a community activist and is dedicated to her belief in the Circle process and the need for all people to connect in a good way.