2019 Conference

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Conference Location:  Denver, CO

Lead Organizer:  Debra Witzel, Probation Supervisor for Restorative Practices and Lynn Lee, Pike's Peak Restorative Justice Council. 

The 7th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice will be on June 14-16, 2019 in Denver, CO.  Day long Pre-Conference Training Sessions will be held on June 13, 2019.  The conference venue will be the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. Look for more details on the planning as they become available.


Conference Theme

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 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, institutions in the US and around the world.

National Conferences

Our 6th NACRJ Conference was held in Oakland, CA on June 16-18, 2017 with three pre-conference training sessions on June 15, 2017.  We had 1,319 attendees, terrific keynote/plenary sessions and cultural performances, nearly 300 presentations, an awards ceremony, and a concert by "dead prez".  

Audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more can be found on the 2017 Conference page.

Check out past NACRJ Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017 on the Conferences tab.

Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference is progressing nicely.  It will be in Denver, CO (June 14-16, 2019) with Pre-Conference Training Sessions on June 13, 2019.  Put it on your calendar.  We want to see you there.

In 2021, the 8th NACRJ Conference will be held in Chicago, IL.  We look forward to being in Chi-Town. 

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