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"
2015-2017/2018 Leadership Team Elected
The 2015 NACRJ Leadership Election was completed on April 10, 2015. Congratualations to all those elected for the first full term of elective office. The new leadership team will take office on June 2, 2015 at the General Membership Meeting at the up-coming 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice.
The 2015-2017/2018 officials are:
Board of Directors (2015-2017)
Fania Davis, J. D., Ph. D., NACRJ Founding Board Member (2011-2013), Interim Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015) and Founding Executive Director Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth.
Joanne Katz, J. D., NACRJ Founding Board Member (2011-2013) and Interim Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015) and Professor of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, Missouri Western State University.
Mara Schiff, Ph. D., Interim Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015) and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University.
Morris Jenkins, J. D., Ph. D., Interim Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015) and Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Southeast Missouri State University.
Janine Geske, J. D., Interim Member of the Board of Directors (2013-2015)and Distinguished Professor of Law (Ret.), Marquette Law School.
NACRJ Officers (2015-2017/2018)
Mark Umbreit, Ph. D., President (2015-2017)
Interim President (2013-2015) and Professor of Social Work, University of Minnesota.
Kathleen Bankhead, J. D., Vice President (2015-2017)
Interim Vice Present (2014-2015) and Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County States Attorney's Office.
Marilyn Armour, Ph. D., Secretary (2015-2018 - extended term)
Interim Secretary (2013-2015) and Professor of Social Work, University of Texas - Austin.
Sheryl R. Wilson, Treasurer (2015-2018 - extended term)
Interim Treasurer (2013-2015) and Restorative Justice Practitioner and Trainer.
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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.
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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.
Executive Director, St. Croix Valley Restorative Jsutice Program
River Falls, WI 54022
The Executive Director is the chief executive of the agency, therefore responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization. This includes programs, partnerships, fundraising, grant writing, budgets and staff. The primary objective is to deliver the mission and growth of the organization in a fiscally responsible manner.
The Executive Director works closely with the Board of Directors in setting strategic direction and implementing initiatives. The Executive Director is fully responsible for the operations of the organization. This includes providing day-to-day direction and long-term strategic vision. The organization has an established reputation as a strong provider of quality services. The Executive Director is expected to maintain and promote the use of Restorative Services, lead new initiatives and achieve excellence.
Job Ad - Executive Director, SCVRJP
April 29, 2015 - The Village Square Event
Race & Justice Luncheon (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
Impacts of Incarceration Dinner (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Location: University of Missouri at Kansas City