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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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