2019 Conference

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Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado

June 14-16, 2019

Pre-Conference Trainings - June 13


2019 Conference Registration Fee Structure PDF

Online Registration and Workshop Proposals Begin on September 17 (via links provided on that date)

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?!


Conference Break-Out Sessions (Workshops and Panels) -- Proposal Submissions Opening September 17, 2018 

Close date for submissions is November 30. No further submissions will be accepted after 5pm MST on that date. All proposals will be reveiwed, and final decisions will be made by January 2, 2019, and communicated to those who submitted them.


Day-long Pre-Conference Training Sessions will be held on June 13


she3205ex.159244 tb 4Sheraton Hotel Information: 1550 Court Place, Denver CO 80202  303-893-3333

Denver Information:

Denver International Airport (DEN) has multiple means of transportation to and from the airport.

Places of Interest in downtown Denver are plentiful: www.visitdenver.com/welcome 

We look forward to sharing this experience with you in June 2019!


Contact information for the lead organizers:

Deb Witzel, Probation and Restorative Practices Supervisor 20th Judicial District Boulder, CO

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720-693-6329 cell / 720-564-2547 office

Lynn Lee, Pike's Peak Restorative Justice Council & Restorative Justice Practitioner, Trainer, Consultant, Member of the Colorado Coordinating Council on Restorative Justice

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719- 640-1650 cell


For more information about Restorative Justice Practices in Colorado, go to www.rjcolorado.org

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

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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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