Lifetime Achievement Award in Community and Restorative Justice
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice will periodically honor a person for lifetime achievements in restorative and/or community justice. Those recognized should be individuals who have made vital contributions of outstanding significance to the fields of restorative and community justice.
The award shall recognize individuals for outstanding contributions to restorative and/or community justice education, research and/or practice. The nominee has:
- Worked in the restorative and/or community justice fields.
- Made exemplary contributions to the understanding and application of restorative and/or community justice over an entire career with a definable body of work through one or more of the following:
- Public Speaking
- Collaborative Work
- Professional Practice
- Embodied the principles and practices of restorative and/or community justice within their personal and professional lives.
- Mentored people in the restorative and/or community justice fields.
- Been a living role model who inspires others.
- Worked in the best interest of the greater good.
- Advanced the fields of restorative and/or community justice nationally and/or internationally.
Kay Pranis, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Theorist, and Author
Over nearly all of the last 30 years Kay Pranis has been a leader in the movement to promote broader applications of relational justice (i.e., restorative justice and community justice) strategies to conflicts, crimes and community problems. Her work has helped people to address conflicts, repair harms and relationships, and helped communities to create safer neighborhoods and better schools.
Her work has contributed markedly to the foundations that guide the modern practice of victim-offender mediation as a diversionary alternative to traditional justice, post-conviction victim-offender dialogue to bring healing to victims and offenders, and the use of circle processes in community justice problem solving and resolution and healing of community conflicts. The extent of her influence on the development of restorative practices as a viable response to conflict, crime, harms and community problems cannot be overstated. It can be seen everywhere.
Dr. Gordon Bazemore, Florida Atlantic University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.