Dennis Maloney Award for Youth-Based Community and Restorative Justice
The NACRJ will periodically award the Dennis Maloney Award for Community and Restorative Justice in the memory of an individual whose dedication to youth-based restorative justice is still being heralded and followed today.
Dennis Maloney or “Denny” as he was better known, was a charismatic, larger-than-life leader who was influential in the restorative and community justice movement. Having attended Ohio State University as a proud Buckeye, Denny served his alma mater and fellow restorative and community justice peers well.
His achievements included the establishment of community and restorative justice initiatives in the Deschutes County juvenile justice system. In addition, the Restorative and Balanced Justice (BARJ) program continues to influence the juvenile justice system in a number of states. His work has inspired many of the leaders in today’s restorative and community justice fields.
The Dennis Maloney Award nominee for Youth-Based Community and Restorative Justice has:
- Compiled a record of important and sustained contributions to youth-based community and restorative justice programs.
- A life’s work dedicated to the juvenile justice system or youth-based restorative justice programs.
- Succeeded at being a role model in the community, providing needed guidance and encouragement.
- A background in volunteerism, and leadership; and interacts well with all individuals.
- A resume that demonstrates innovation in youth-based community and restorative justice practices.
Community Justice for Youth Institute, Cheryl Graves, Ora Schub and Robert Spicer
The 2015 Dennis Maloney Award was presented to Community Justice for Youth Institute (CJYI) specifically recognizing the deep commitment and relational justice approaches used by its key personnel - Cheryl Graves, Ora Schub and Robert Spicer. Collectively, they have been instrumental in providing a range of programs and services to youth residing in high crime areas of Chicago that employ relational strategies of community and restorative justice. These include:
- Street Law Peer Education Project
- Girl Talk
- Community Panels for Youth
- Restorative Justice Peer Juries in Public Schools
Interestingly both Cheryl Graves and Ora Schub were good friends with Dennis Maloney, the name sake for this award.
Dr. Fania E. Davis & Mr. Eric Butler, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)