Conferences 2019

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Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado

June 14-16, 2019

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June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops  Learn more »

 Conference Hours on ALL Dates are 8 am to 5 pm.  The automated registration kiosks open at 7 am daily.



OVER 1,600 attendees registered for the conference.



Conference Program - June 14-16, 2019


Off-Line Payment Options by Check or Purchase Order require a receipt/invoice and are automated payment options at the "check-out" stage of the on-line registration process.  Credit cards are processed through PayPal (a PayPal account is NOT required).


Scholarships Awarded

Recently NACRJ received a pledge of $10,000 to support the 7th NACRJ Conference.  As a result, we were able to award modest scholarships to reduce registration fees and related costs.


Exhibitor Registration

Exhibitors must be approved to before they can register on-line as an exhibitor at the 7th NACRJ Conference.  Contact Elizabeth K. Rooks   (for Chicago, add name, email, phone.)

If she is not available you can contact the Executive Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (210-218-7159). 

Once approved exhibitors will be provided with a verification code that is used to create the Exhibitor Register on-line.  Payment is typically by credit card but other options are availble.  

Each exhibitor receives a single 6-8 ft. long table, two chairs, a plain table cover, and two Exhibitor Badges with the registration.  However, we ask that you wait until informed by NACRJ that procedures for registering a second person under the Exhibitor Registration have been worked out. Electrical wiring for computers or other equipment is available if ordered with the registration.  


Contact the Executive Director for assistance with or clarification of NACRJ conference registration policies and practices.

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Phone:  (210) 218-7159



Instructions for Making Changes to Conference Registations


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Lead Organizers: Debra Witzel, Probation Supervisor for Restorative Practices

                           Lynn Lee, Pike's Peak Restorative Justice Council

                           See below for their contact information.

We hope you will come to the Mile High City (Denver) in June of 2019 to be a part of the ever widening circle of restorative justice practitioners and practices.

Since the early 1990’s, Coloradoans have been championing restorative justice practices in communities, schools, justice settings, faith-based organizations and the environment. Currently, Colorado is host to laws that generate jobs and funding for restorative justice practices and research, statewide organizations, innovative practices, impassioned practitioners, and supporters from the legislature to the land and rivers.


Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

Justice is a broad concept. While it encompasses formal justice systems, in its broadest sense “justice” refers to basic concepts of fairness in relations - balance, equity, fair exchange, harmony, equal treatment, mutual respect and dignity. Justice encompasses how we live together in peace with dignity and respect for one another despite our differences. It encompasses how we respond to harms and address inequities and injustice. It includes how our institutions relate to us, individually and collectively, in respectful and constructive ways.

The 7th NACRJ Conference focuses on elevating this broader meaning of justice by intentionally widening the circle of engagement in meaningful ways that welcome the voices of victims, formerly incarcerated, LGTBQ, racial, ethnic minorities and others, as we promote safe, just, equitable and sustainable communities and institutions in the US and around the world.

The broad strokes for substantive focus areas or tracks will be Justice, Education and Community. Call for proposals will go out in September of 2018 when the conference portal goes live. The CO Conference organizers are encouraging people to coordinate and co-create proposals with others in your community, state, or context nationwide to generate quality-level, interactive and inspiring breakout sessions. These pre-planned panel sessions with multiple voices will take precedent when selecting breakout sessions for the 2019 NACRJ Conference. Widen your circle and invite others to present with you!

We will also feature a new opportunity for short Pecha Kucha presentations in a Shift and Share format. This event will replace the traditional “Poster Sessions”. Participants in this event will have the opportunity to highlight their program, practice, book or other exciting information in a short 20-slide PowerPoint deck with a max of 20 seconds per slide. These brief presentations will be shared via your personal battery powered device and seen by small groups. People will watch and then have a few minutes to ask questions before moving to the next presentation. What could be more fun and productive than sharing your information in an energizing and creative way with a roomful of curious participants?!


(for Chicago 2021 Conference... add hotel and airport/transportation info below)

For more information about Restorative Justice Practices in Colorado, go to

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A special thanks to the first major sponsor of the conference: Colorado Restorative Justice Council

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Pre-Conference Workshops 2019

NACRJ offers several Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday, June 13, 2019, the day before the start of the conference on June 14, 2019.  The Pre-Conference Workshops are not part of the main conference on June 14-16, 2019.  Registration for a pre-conference workshop requires a separate registration and additional fees.  There are two half-day sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), and there are three full day sessions.

Half-day Sessions

  • Healing Historical Harm: Rocks, Karma, Arrows (Motus Theater, 50 seats)  Morning of June 13
  • Trauma-Informed Restorative Practices: Considerations for RJ Programs and Practitioners (50 seats) Afternoon of June 13

Full-day Sessions

  • Open Space (150 seats)
  • Student Led Workshop (50 seats)
  • RJ 101 – Justice, Education, Community (150 seats)

For more information on the Pre-Conference Workshops on June 13, 2019 use the on-line registration link and select the "Pre-Conference" tab.  You don't have to register for the conference to view information about the conference. 

Proceed from here to the CVent Pre-Conference Registration site.

Session Proposals 2019



By the time we closed on Nov. 30 nearly 400 presentation abstracts had been submitted.  They are under selection review to identify presentations that will be in the conference.  Decisions will be communicated to authors on or before January 15, 2019.   

General Information that May Be Helpful for the 2021 Conference in Chicago

Frequently Asked Questions About Presentations

Shift and Share Template for Power Point Presentations (Add Your Content into this Template)

 If you have unanswered questions regarding abstract you submitted for the breakout sessions please send your questions by email to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (note: Andrea Bianchi and Tyler Keyworth will answer any inquiries that come to them through this email address).


Conference Registration 2019

On-Line Registrations using credit cards begin on September 17, 2018,  through the CVent website system. Please note that reduced, "Early-Bird" rates end on January 14, 2019. 

2019 Conference Registration Fee Structure PDF

For more information on the conference and registration:



Off-Line Registrations require assistance from the Executive Director.  Assistance for off-line registration is NOW AVAILABLE

Contact the Executive Director by phone at 210-218-7159 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Examples of off-line registrations needing assistance are:

  • Payment by Check (pending until payment received)
  • Processing a Purchase Order (pending until payment received)
  • Exhibitor Registration (requires approval by NACRJ first)
  • Registration of Minor Youth (age 17 or younger)
  • Registering the NACRJ as a qualified vendor within a jurisdiction
  • Requests for an NACRJ Invoice
  • Request for consideration of unique circumstances
  • Invitations to attend the conference as documentation for a visa application.