Elsipogtog (Big Cove) is the most populous reserve in New Brunswick with a population of 2500. The Elsipogtog Band Council operates a diversion/alternative measures program, and community sentencing, for youth and adults accused or convicted of committing certain criminal offences (e.g. simple assault, shoplifting, mischief). The program engages offenders, victims, Elders and other community members in pre-charge healing circles, and in post-conviction sentencing circles. The program is delivered by a Community Justice Committee, with its 15 members drawn from the community (Elders, youth and women) and from a full range of community services and programs.
In 2004-05, the Elispogtog Band Council added a Victims' Assistance Program to its community-based justice programming. Victims' Assistance provides support and pre-trial preparation services to victims and their families. It also works to raise awareness about and support for the needs of victims in the broader community.