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"
Working for Peace and Justice in our Lives, Relationships and Communities...
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)
Upcoming Vote by Active Members
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The 2013-2014 membership year ended at midnight on May 31, 2014. The grace period for membership renewal ended on June 30, 2014. As of July 1, 2014 non-renewed members became "in-active" for voting purposes. However, in-active members retain full access to the resources on the NACRJ website until the end of July.
Only active members are eligible to vote on NACRJ issue and we anticipate a membership vote on proposed changes to the NACRJ Constitution and By Laws in late July or early August. In-active members who renew their membership at least 48 hours in advance of the start of member voting will be able to vote. If you are currently "in-active" and want to participate in NACRJ governance processes renew your membership as soon as possible.
August 3-15, 2014
The readings featured during this period focus on the relationship between restorative and community justice. Both are relational forms of justice and while they are related on many levels they are different. Restorative justice, focuses on healing harms caused by incivilities, crimes, injustice, inequality and historical discrimination. Community justice, focuses on healing harms to quality of life within neighborhoods, larger communities and the societies to reduce the criminogenic influences generated by adverse social conditions from a wide range of social forces, including the underlying structure of society. The two publications presented below lay out the conceptual and theoretical frame for community justice and explore the commonalities between restorative justice and community justice.
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.