The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) employs principles of social and restorative justice seeking transformation in the ways justice questions are addressed. It promotes effective forms of justice that are equitable, sustainable and socially constructive. NACRJ serves as the parent organization for the biannual National Conference on Restorative Justice and provides members with information resources applicable to restorative and community justice theory and practice.
"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"
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Remember and Empower Victims of Crime
Marc Levin, Editorial (April 11, 2014)
While crime has been declining for two decades, 1 in 14 Americans experienced a property crime and 1 in 40 a violent crime during 2012. To pay tribute to victims and survivors, the federal government has designated April 6 to 12, 2014 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
This is a time to turn our attention to the true consumers of the corrections system – those who have been personally wronged by an offender. Too often, rather than focusing on empowering victims and ensuring they receive restitution, the process emphasizes an offender’s “debt to society,” often in the form of fines and fees that go into the government’s coffers. This fixation on the prerogatives of the government has too often marginalized the rights and voices of victims.
Interim Vice President Appointed
On March 6, 2014 the NACRJ Board of Directors unanimously appointed Ms. Kathleen Bankhead as the Interim Vice President. She will fill the remainder of the term of office for Mr. Rick Davison after he resigned the position last fall for personal reasons.
After several months of careful work by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Ms. Bankhead was unanimously recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. She assumed this leadership position immediately.
She is a career prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago, IL. As a community based prosecutor she has regularly employed restorative and community justice practices to help area residents address local problems. (See her resume)
First NACRJ Policy Statement - Sentencing Guidelines
On Feb. 18, 2014 Dr. Mark Umbriet, NACRJ President, sent a letter approved or endorsed by the NACRJ Board of Directors, Officers and the Advisory Council to the U. S. Sentencing Commission (USSC). The letter was on behalf of the membership and notes that the proposed revisions to the sentencing guidelines are punitive enhancements to current sanctions (or "more of the same") and are not evidence based. Furthermore, restorative and community justice practices, which are evidence based, were ignored. Through this letter, the NACRJ has called on the USSC to begin integrating community and restorative justice principles and practices in its sentencing guidelines. A copy of the letter was also sent to the Criminal Justice Committee of the American Bar Association.
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March 8 - 31, 2014
The featured articles this period focus on justice questions related to school discipline. Breaking School Rules (2011) examines the impacts of traditional enforcement oriented school discipline policies ("zero-tolerance"). It points out the problems and impacts of such practices. The Ed White Middle School Evaluation of Restorative Discipline (2012-2013) suggests that restorative discipline may provide a solution to kinds of problems identified in the first study.
Articles posted during the last four "Weekly Read" cycles can be found at the Public Resources tab. Highlight the tab and click on the Recent Weekly Reads menu item.
Prior featured articles are available to members once they login. These articles may be found at the Member Resources tab. Highlight the tab and click on the Weekly Read Archive.
Recent News from Colorado
By: Deb Witzel
Jan. 25, 2014
(The Legal News Archive is available to members once logged in under Member Resources )
At this time in Colorado we have the good fortune of working to realize the statutory mandates of HB13-1254, signed into law in May of 2013. This legislation sponsored by Representative Pete Lee (an NACRJ Member) and Senator Linda Newell, along with many others has advanced restorative justice practice in Colorado significantly.
Nortwest Justice Forum
The Northwest Justice Forum is seeking workshop proposals for its 10th Annual Forum in 2014 (June 18-19, 2014). The NW Justice Forum fosters the gathering of individuals committed to, or interested in learning about, the principles and values of Restorative Justice. We gather to increase understanding, share practical application, ensure cultural inclusion, and explore theoretical implications of living and working restoratively in the Northwest. Attached is a Request for Proposals which are Due on March 28, 2014. On-line submissions can be submitted at 10th Annual Forum proposals.
International Journal on Restorative Justice (IJRJ)
The IJRJ is actively seeking papers, which examine the role of restorative justice or related initiatives as applicable to any situation, and considers the intersection between theory and practical application. See the attached flyer.