- In Remembrance
September 11, 2001
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive, addressing not only crime, but conflict, incivility, injustice and all forms of harm. NACRJ hosts the biennial National Conference of Community and Restorative Justice, and provides supports for members.
"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"
We envision a safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.
We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm. NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles.
Chicago Skyline (photo by Joanne Archibald)
Visit the 2022 Conference page to learn more about conference. From there you can link to the 8th NACRJ Conference Website and explore all the exciting experiences being planned for the conference and keep track of new plans as they are added to the program. You can can also register for the conference and make hotel reservations from the conference site. We hope to see you in Chicago!!
We are, for the first time, offering three online options to stream or view a limited selection of conference events and sessions. To learn more about our virtual options and the costs visit the 8th NACRJ Conference Website.
By Dr. Sandra Pavelka
Agnes Furey, a soft spoken and mighty advocate for restorative justice, peace and forgiveness, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the age of 84. Agnes led a purpose-driven life guided by faith and grace. As a friend, colleague and fellow restorative justice advocate, Agnes will be truly missed. Her legacy will live on with her impactful work in her Tallahassee community, the State of Florida, and nationally.
In 1998, her daughter and grandson were murdered by her daughter’s boyfriend, who was later sentenced to life in prison for their deaths. As a survivor, Agnes became involved with The Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project, a national demonstration project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, at Florida Atlantic University in her home state. Agnes wanted to turn her tragedy into a path of forgiveness and healing based on restorative justice. Through a series of letters, discussions, reflections and poems, Agnes and her daughter’s boyfriend, co-authored Wildfires in the Median.
She founded Achieve Higher Ground, a national network, including victim offender dialogue, victims’ meetings, and a comprehensive reentry program for formerly incarcerated persons reintegrating into the community. Recently she dedicated AHGnes House, a transitional residence for those reentering the community, in Tallahassee, Florida.
Rest easy, dear Agnes.
In 2020 the NACRJ Mini-Grant program had been placed on hold as we sought additional funding. A generous donor provided funding needed to reopen the 2020 Mini Grant program, and we were able to award grants to seven remarkable applicants. Last year was difficult year for all of us, so it is with great pleasure that NACRJ was able to award Mini-Grants to seven outstanding individuals and organizations. Every day their work advances the field and helps to realize our motto "Shaping Justice for the 21st Century".
Please join us in congratulating all of the 2020 NACRJ Mini-Grant Recipients for their exceptionally unique work promoting safe, just and equitable communities. Award recipients can be viewed here.
Created and written by Kathy Rockefeller, J.D.
Q: Restorative Practices are great for building community and resolving conflict, but how can Circles help when harmful behavior shows up as a “topic” of behavior, not an “incident”?
A: Use a Topic Circle Series (TCS)! This new tool, grounded in Restorative philosophy and Circle practice, helps students recognize how a behavior affects community and what they can do to make things better.
Many schools use a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to efficiently and equitably distribute student intervention and support resources. MTSS divides interventions into three “Tiers”.*