Welcome to NACRJ
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"
To the Victims and Families of Those Killed or Injured in the Shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC
We are shocked and saddened by the recent killing of nine people, all African American, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Those who lost their lives were: Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson. This event has been referred to as a hate crime and an act of terror. The alleged shooter is a young white male.
The NACRJ and its members stand with these families in their grief and will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. To learn more please read the following articles.
Church Massacre Suspect Held as Charleston Grieves (NYTimes, 06-19-2015)
Raw Emotion of Victims at Hearing for Suspect in Church Shooting (NYTimes, 06-19-2015)
Out of Tragedy Came Recognition of the Harm and Pain that the Confederate Battle Flag Perpetuated
The Political Will to Do Something About It.
As Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. recognized....
"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
On July 10, 2015 it Bent Toward Justice
The Confederate Battle Flag
At the South Carolina State Capital
On July 22, 2015
"...the arc of the moral universe" bent toward justice one more time...
Bexar County, TX (San Antonio Area) removed Confederate Battle Flags and symbols from county owned property.
5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice held its 5th National Conference (June 1-3, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale. The opening ceremonies included the Dillard High School Drum Lime which was featured in "Drum Line" a recent documentary and vocalist Jahreal Glilnton performing "I Believe I Can Fly". Their performances provided a moving, high energy kick off to the confernece.
The video of their performances was recorded by Marc Trocchio, Assistant Principal Marina High School in Laguna, CA. ENJOY!
Open Letter from the NACRJ Leadership Team...
Big Thanks to Mike Gilbert for NACRJ Leadership
June 19, 2015
On behalf of the Leadership team of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice I want to express our tremendous appreciation for the leadership of Mike Gilbert as Executive Director of the Association. His overall administrative leadership and oversight of the recent 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice in Fort Lauderdale, FL, (along with conference coordination by Mara Schiff and the participation of many conference planning committer members), was outstanding, and was essential in creating the largest and most diverse restorative justice conference ever held in the United States.
Mike’s tireless devotion and passion for community and restorative justice, along with his incredible administrative skills, continues to play a powerful and essential role in supporting this growing movement in schools, communities, and justice systems throughout the country. Doing all of this as an unpaid volunteer is a testimony to Mike’s personal and professional character.
Mike, we cannot thank you enough!
I encourage members to take a few moments to reach out to Mike to thank him personally.
Mark Umbreit, Ph.D., President
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
Food for Thought
"Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race"
James B. Comey, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Feb. 12, 2015 at Georgetown University
Thank you, President DeGioia. And good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to Georgetown University. I am honored to be here. I wanted to meet with you today, as President DeGioia said, to share my thoughts on the relationship between law enforcement and the diverse communities we serve and protect. Like a lot of things in life, that relationship is complicated. Relationships often are.
Beautiful Healy Hall—part of, and all around where we sit now—was named after this great university’s 29th President, Patrick Francis Healy. Healy was born into slavery, in Georgia, in 1834. His father was an Irish immigrant plantation owner and his mother, a slave. Under the laws of that time, Healy and his siblings were considered to be slaves. Healy is believed to be the first African-American to earn a Ph.D., the first to enter the Jesuit order, and the first to be president of Georgetown University or any predominantly white university.
Given Georgetown’s remarkable history, and that of President Healy, this struck me as an appropriate place to talk about the difficult relationship between law enforcement and the communities we are sworn to serve and protect.
Read more ...
Identity and Injustice in American
TED Talk by Bryan Stevenson
Bryan Stevenson is an Attorney specializing is adult and juvenile corrections, civil rights, and human rights. His TED Talk explores the nexus between the human identity and the injustice that we ignore, tolerate or accept as "just the way things are" in American society. He points out that justice requires more than law, enforcement, legal processes, and the imposition of sanctions.
(Previous Now Showing videos may be found at - Public Resources, Recent Videos)
April 1, 2015
In January 2014 the Colorado Restorative Justice Council published an annual report on restorative practices initiated by the State of Colorado. In recent years, Colorado has emerged as a leader in integrating restorative practices into justice systems. The following report documents these developments.
Colorado Restorative Justice Council - Annual Report (January 2014)
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.
Important New Tool Now Available
Click on the the link below to access the data base in an Excel spreadsheet format. The first version of this data base will remain accessible to the public.
Restorative Justice Policy and Legislation Resource, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, College of Law, Georgia State University, December 2014.
Subsequent (updated) versions of the data base will be available to NACRJ Member once they login to the website.