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 Families of Three Young Victims of Violence
On February 10, three Muslim young adults were brutally gunned down in their Chapel Hill apartment in what many perceive to be a hate crime. The victims are 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and we stand with those in the community who have been deeply affected by this crime.
Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha
Here is a link to a CNN article for additional information.
Food for Thought
Reclaiming the Spirit of True Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice for All of Us
Opinion Editorial by
Molly Rowan Leach, The Peace Alliance and NACRJ Member
To understand the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent deaths of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice requires that we see the greater pattern of violence occurring in the United States and honestly evaluate the issues while working towards viable solutions, together. Of equal importance is that we hold all “sides” of the equation with equal respect while truthfully and honestly examining root causes. Little headway can be gained by further polarization or blanket “blaming” statements.
While we must question the system we must also be brutally honest with ourselves, our communities, and one another. We must listen to, understand and consider perspectives that are different than our own. We cannot find justice or peace from a position of disrespect for the other as we scream at and denounce them, and they us.
Authors like Michelle Alexander and activists like Bryan Stevenson point out with great clarity and precision that while we claim to be a free and colorblind country, we in fact are quite the opposite. The statistical evidence that young black men are disproportionately bound for incarceration is fact. The unrest of communities of color continues to be grounded in the legacy of overt racism often expressed through police practices. In addition, we’ve seen prison population skyrocket as the US became known around the world as the “incarceration nation.” The US incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners, while composing a mere 5% of the world’s total population. By comparison no other country incarcerates such a significant proportion of its population. Among African Americans the US incarcerates a proportion of its Black population that is five times greater than was seen in South Africa under the apartheid regime at its height. While overall crime in the US has dropped consistently for over 20 years the nation still stands out in three ways – the prevalence of violent crime, its use of incarceration, and the “military-esque“ interventions by criminal justice agencies to public unrest
TED Talk by Dr. Mara Schiff, NACRJ Board Member
Dr. Schiff is also the Lead Organizer for the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice (June 1-3, 2015).
(Previous Now Showing videos may be found at - Public Resources, Recent Videos)
January 10, 2015
NACRJ Perspective Featured in International RJ Journal
Shaping Justice for the 21st Century in the USA: The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice: An International Journal. (2014) Vol. 2, Issue 2.
The article currently featured moves away from our recent focus on applications of restorative practices in our schools. It considers the broader implications of the restorative and community justice movement for achieving a just and equitable society that responds to harm in meaningful ways that seek to heal and prevent. The article argues that realization of that future requires a concerted effort to become policy relevant. It concludes with set of seven issues that are likely to confront those in the movement as we seek to broaden the role of relational justice practices in our lives, communities, institutions and society. You will also find critical assessments prepared by international scholars from Canada and Finland.
The article was written by the Executive Director of NACRJ in close collaboration with the President (Dr. Mark Umbreit) and Secretary (Dr. Marilyn Armour) of the association.
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.
Eastern Mennonite University Seeks to Fill Two Faculty Positions
EMU seeks to fill two full-time faculty positions – one for the graduate program at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) and one for the undergraduate Peacebuilding and Development (PXD) program. Both faculty members will teach a mix of graduate and undergraduate courses. Applied professional experience in addition to appropriate academic training is preferred.
The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding is looking for a faculty member to integrate restorative justice and peacebuilding to address structural and systemic harms. The faculty member will also work with others to develop an undergraduate minor in Restorative Justice. The position is a full-time tenure track position.
The Peacebuilding and Development Program is looking to fill a three quarter time, two year, temporary faculty position that could become a full-time position if sufficient enrollments justify continuation of the position. The successful candidate will have a specialty in community and international development. EMU is exploring the creation of a Humanitarian Action undergraduate minor and a Humanitarian Action Leadership graduate certificate. The ideal candidate would understand the relationship between humanitarian action and peacebuilding.
The job descriptions can be downloaded at:
Contact: Jayne Docherty at EMU for additional information: