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.
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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")
The following two videos feature work by Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). The first, focuses on creating a restorative school culture using circle processes to build and strengthen pro-social behavior. The goal is to build a strong and self-governing sense of community based on respect, shared values and dialogue. Circle processes help to establish an underlying school climate that is restorative where students interact with one another as well as their teachers and school staff in constructive and respectful ways. In a constructive environment students can learn and overal academic performance can improve.
The second video provides an overview of RJOY, its mission, and school based restorative discipline which allows students, faculty and staff to address their needs and problems in meaningful and effective ways.
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) is led by Dr. Fania Davis who is also a founding member of the NACRJ and a current member of the Board of Directors. In 2013 Dr. Davis and Eric Butler were co-recipients of the NACRJ Dennis Maloney Award for work with youth.
(Previous Now Showing videos may be found at - Public Resources, Recent Videos)
Oct. 5, 2014
We are rarely able to publish emerging research on restorative and community justice because they typically appear in proprietary academic journals. The "Weekly Read" for October 5, 2014 is an exception because the publisher allows open reprinting of the article as long as the Authors and the Source are identified.
Over the last 20 years, research findings on various restorative practices have been quite promising. While mixed there is general consistency that restorative practices out perform traditional justice practices on most measures. The featured article this week identified ten studies (of 519 studies initially qualified for inclusion) that met their standards for inclusion. The authors conclude that: "RJCs cause a modest but highly cost-effective reducion in the frequency of repeat offending...."
Authors: L. Sherman, H. Strang, E. Mayo-Wilson, D. J. Woods, & B. Ariel
Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 2014, DOI 10.1007/s10940-014-9222-9.
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.
Minneapolis Public Schools is searching for a Restorative Justice Coordinator.
Please view the job posting here. A great opportunity as restorative practices continues to grow in Minnesota!
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.