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"
Last winter and spring the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice conducted a 'listening project' with a cross-section of RJ stakeholders and practitioners in 5 different parts of the United States and one in British Columbia. The intention was to get a feel for “the state of the state” of restorative justice in the US and Canada—to take the pulse of where we are now as a movement, create a shared roadmap for the future, and offer recommendations to advocates and donors on how to resource and build the restorative justice movement in its North American context. Issues of race, privelege, and social change can be found threading throughout the report. In all, 130 people participated in the project sharing their views and perspectives.
Driving this project was this overall question: What is the maximum impact we in the restorative justice movement want to see or that we can imagine emanating from the movement in the next decade? NACRJ is glad to make this newly released, 50-page report (the Restorative Justice Listening Project) available to both its members and to the general public. Click here to download a 1-page summary about this report.
Our Fall Membership Drive now has one more month until it ends on December 1, 2017. New members can still benefit from the 50% discount that applies to the 2017-2018 year. This applies to every category of membership: Regular, Student, Institutional, Sustaining.
Please take this opportunity to join our growing base of support to advance restorative justice education and policy making. And please pass on this information to an associate or friend who might enjoy the benefits of becoming a member of NACRJ.
A little over a month ago, this page was in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas. We are still grieving those killed and injured in that incident.
Now we are grieving for victims of another senseless mass shooting. On Sunday (Nov. 5, 2017) twenty six people were killed while attending church in Sutherland Springs, TX. The victims ranged in age from infants to mid-70's. About half of the victims were from two extended families. The magnitude of their loss is staggering.
Such acts of violence are personal tragedies of unimaginable proportions for the families of those killed or injured. The whole community of Sutherland Springs has been deeply traumatized. In such a small, close knit, community everyone knows a victim and their families. There will be lasting emotional and psychological impacts on survivors and the community as a whole. It is heartbreaking.
NACRJ stands with the victims in Sutherland Springs. We extend our condolences and support for all those impacted and their familiies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
The question of justice in incidents like these, calls on us to work toward preventing them. It also calls on us to consider how best to support and assist those harmed in meaningful and helpful ways as they move forward in their lives.
Michael Gilbert, Ph. D., Executive Director
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Heather Hyer who was killed on Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, VA, as she demontrated against a demonstration by "Alt Right" white supremacist groups. She was killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into the crowd of opposing demonstrators. NACRJ honors the stand that Heather took and we stand with her. We stand against the hateful views of white supremacists. We seek an inclusive, safe, just, equitable, and sustainable society based on love and respect for all. We think that vision is what Heather Hyer sought when she stood up again hate in Charlottesville.