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"
Restorative Discipline Should be Common Practice to Lower Student & Teacher Dropout Rate
Opinion Editorial by Marilyn Armour, Ph. D., University of Texas at Austin
Secretary, National Assocaition of Community and Restorative Justice
Huffington Post (Aug. 25, 2014)
Teachers and students head back to class soon, but as another school year begins, it seems teachers are becoming more and more of an endangered species.
Many teachers-in-training find themselves struggling to master teaching demands with fewer resources, more students, technology to integrate, students' mental, physical and learning challenges, and ever-increasing high-stakes testing and accountability. They also find they are ill-equipped to manage the classroom and student behaviors that hinder their ability to teach. Little wonder that many teachers flee the profession, creating a different kind of dropout problem, particularly among teachers in high-minority or low-income schools.
(Also for links and videos on the annual Dignity in Schools Campaign click "Read More")
Unlocking Justice: The Red Hook Community Justice Center
Justice requires more than reactive enforcement of law. It also requires proactive prevention strategies that repair problems, heal past harms, and improve quality of life - particularly in high crime neighborhoods. Meaningful and effective forms of justice are increasingly recognized as relational.
The Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, NY has been in operation for about 20 years. It has helped make the area safer and more livable for residents and businesses. The following video depicts how a community-based treatment court, using relational justice strategies, can help people get their lives back on track and the community address problems in ways that improve both safety and quality of life.
(Previous Now Showing videos may be found at - Public Resources, Recent Videos)
Sept. 6-15, 2014
The reading featured during this period continues the focus on the relationship between restorative justice and community justice. Both are relational forms of justice that rely on dialogue to build pro-social relationships and strengthen communities.
The featured article explores the use of restorative justice in policing. It offers an integrative perspective which suggests that restorative justice may comtribute to victim-centered policing. The implication of this for domestic violence cases or incidents with mentally ill persons are discussed as well as barriers to implementation.
NOTE: The article presented above is by Dr. Leanne Alarid (currently at the University of Texas at El Paso) and Mr. Carlos Montemayor (Graduate Student, Texas State University). It is the "Accepted Manuscript" of the article published in Police Practice and Research (Oct. 20, 2011 on-line) by the Taylor & Francis Group and is available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15614263.2011.607654.
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.
Passing the torch: NACRJ’s ‘Keepin’ It Real
Christa Pierpont, a member of NACRJ invites you to consider being part of a 4 person panel presentation at the next IIRP Conference (Oct. 27-29, 2014). The panel will focus on keeping alive the message of the 2013 National Conference on Restorative Justice embodied by its theme 'Keepin' It Real: Race & Restorative Justice. See the attached call for presenters.
Call for Presenters - Maryland's 5th Restorative Justice Conference
Promoting understanding and awareness of restorative justice and applications of restorative justice in our communities, institutions, organizations, and lives (Nov. 6-7 2014). See the conference flyer.
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.