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"
In the News
When Suspensions Weren’t Working, This High School Opted for a New Approach
The Washington Post
By Joe Heim August 23, 2016
Donnell Honesty, a student at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, attends summer school at Ballou on July 17. Honesty went through the school’s restorative-justice program, which is changing the way discipline is handled at the school. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)
Donnell Honesty can’t remember what the fight was about or even quite how it started.
He was a junior at D.C.’s Ballou High School in 2015 when another student stepped toward him in the school’s cafeteria. Within seconds, the two were trading punches.
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A Painful Couple of Weeks
The week of July 4, 2016 was heart breaking. On Tuesday (July 5, 2016) Alton Sterling, a father of five, was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, LA in a confrontation over selling CD's outside a convenience store. The next day (July 6, 2016) Philando Castile was shot and killed by an officer in Falcon Heights, MN (a suburb of Minneapolis) after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. They were loved and their lives mattered.
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North Lawnsdale - Restorative Justice Community Court
The Chicago community of North Lawndale is in the process of living the NACRJ motto - "Shaping Justice for the 21 Century". In forming the nations first Restorative Justice Community Count it is cutting new ground in two ways - a new type of specialty court and integrating community justice and restorative justice practices. The following video tells their story.
(Previously featured videos and audio tracks may be found at - "Public Resources", "Recent Videos/Audio")
Restorative Justice Laws: State Summaries
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
* Restorative Discipline
* Restorative Justice
* Victim Impact
Results are updated monthly and are current through 8/22/2016.
Click Here to Download the Report
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