Welcome to NACRJ

The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive, addressing not only crime, but conflict, incivility, injustice and all forms of harm. NACRJ hosts the biennial National Conference of Community and Restorative Justice, and provides supports for members.

"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"

Vision

We envision a safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.

Mission

We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm.  NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles.

Legal News

Restorative Justice Laws: State Summaries

Prepared by

Carolyn Lambert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Shannon Sliva (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Dated:  Aug. 22, 2016

The state summaries are drawn from the US Restorative Justice Legislation Database, compiled by the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, College of Law, Georgia State University. 

The full database includes references to statutes, regulations, and administrative code from throughout the United States.  The summary only covers statutes.

Statutes are gathered from the Westlaw legal database using search terms including:

* Balanced Justice
* Circle Processes
* Community Circles
* Community Conferencing
* Family Circles
* Family Conferencing
* Family Group Decision Making
* Reconciliation
* Restoration
* Restorative Discipline
* Restorative Justice
* Victim/Offender
* Victim Impact

Results are updated monthly and are current through 8/22/2016.

This summary list was prepared at the request of NACRJ and some legislation may have been missed.  If you are aware of any legislation that we have missed, please contact the authors, Carolyn Lambert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Shannon Sliva (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We would be happy to hear from you.

Click Here to Download the Report

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Important Restorative Justice Legal Reseach Tools

Over the last few years Professor Carolyn Lambert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), NACRJ Member and Director of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) of Georgia State University has worked to develope an important data base documenting the laws and policies relevant to restorative justice practices - state by state. 

The first version is posted below for anyone who visits our website.  Click on the the link below to download the Excel spreadsheet.   

Restorative Justice Policy and Legislation Resource, Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, College of Law, Georgia State University, December 2014.

An updated second version of this database is now available to NACRJ Members after logging into the website.  The new version is located under the "Resources" category under "Other Related Topics" ---> "Legislation-Laws".   

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Recently, CNCR produced a summary of proposed restorative justice legislation by state for the 2015 legislative year.  That document is now attached below:

Proposed Restorative Justice Legislation by State 2015 (by CNCRJ June 2015)

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National Conferences

The 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (June 14-16, 2019) set a new record with over 1600 in attendance! We are glad that so many people participated, and we are now shifting our energies toward the 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago which will happen in 2021. Recordings of all major sessions from this year's conference are now be ready for all to hear on our Conference 2019 Recordings page. This is a great way to extend the highlights of the conference to others.

Please note that we have also listed all of our 2019 award recipients under each respective award category.

Memberships

Become a member

Members have access to large collections of documents on victimization, restorative justice, community justice and many other topics (see the Public Resources page for samples).

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Mini-Grant Program

NACRJ wants to annually support new initiatives driven by members. Read more...

Videos

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