Scholarships for the 8th NACRJ Conference

A limited amount of donor support for scholarships to attend the 8th NACRJ Conference has been received for historically marginalized groups: BIPOC, formerly incarcerated persons, at risk young adults 18-25, youth from LGBTQ+ communities, victims and survivors, and people needing accommodations to attend and meaningfully participate in conference sessions.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2022 (11:59 pm PT). Submit your application as soon as possible.

We will start a rolling review and decision process by April 8, 2022. Award notifications will be sent during the month of April.

Click Here for the Online Scholarship Application.

President Wilson introduces Joel Friesz as Executive Director

Jan. 31, 2022

Dear NACRJ Members,

Last year when National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) founding Executive Director Michael Gilbert announced his retirement, the NACRJ Board quickly began a national search for the next Executive Director. While Mike has generously given his time as a contractor all these years, we are thrilled to now be able to install the first official employee of the organization. This is truly a momentous achievement as we have generated the funding and infrastructure necessary to support this position.

It gives me great joy to announce Joel Friesz as the next Executive Director of NACRJ. Joel is no stranger to the association, as he has been a Board member for several years and, up until his hire, has tirelessly served on the NACRJ Board as Treasurer since 2017. In addition, Joel has had a long history as a restorative justice practitioner, trainer and educator in North Dakota and throughout the Midwest. To learn more about Joel and his work in the field, please click here.

As I mentioned, we are making history at NACRJ. This feat could not have been accomplished without the hard work and support of our Board, and especially the hiring committee: chair Teiahsha Bankhead, Mara Schiff and myself. There is more to come as we will continue to expand both our Board and our NACRJ staff this year, so stay tuned for more great changes.

When you get time, please reach out to Joel to congratulate him. If you haven’t met him yet, I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing about his enthusiasm for the work and for the association. His warm demeanor and welcoming spirit is infectious. Otherwise, you can meet him at the upcoming NACRJ conference in Chicago.

I am grateful for all the ways we are growing as an organization, and I ask each of you to stay connected and be well until we see each other (virtually or in person), again.

Until then, please take good care of yourselves and your communities.


Sheryl R. Wilson

Sheryl R. Wilson, NACRJ President

New Online Training Opportunities 2021-2022

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The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota Duluth is offering several online trainings starting this month through April 2022. These trainings address a wide range of topics in restorative justice and peacemaking practices to strengthen facilitation techniques and provide a foundation for engaging multiple parties in healing conversations. Click the image above to view and download the flyer, and click here to learn more about each of the training offerings.

REGISTRATION OPEN - 8th NACRJ Conference (2022)

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Chicago Skyline (photo by Joanne Archibald)

8th NACRJ Conference - Registration NOW OPEN

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

2020 Mini-Grant Recipients


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.

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A Circle to Acknowledge anti-Asian Violence

A Circle to Acknowledge anti-Asian Violence (Mar. 25, 2021)

This event will be focused on creating space for reflection and sharing based on last week's attack and other growing anti-Asian sentiment and actions.

Registration:   CLICK HERE

Note:  Youth are welcome to join us if they certify that they have received parent(s) or guardian(s) consent. 

Note:  This is FREE event but registration is required.

Registration Deadline:   Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021 at 3 pm (all time zones)

Capacity:  150 Attendees

"Reimagining Justice": A Virtual Restorative Justice Art Show

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The National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School is thrilled to present Reimagining Justice, a virtual restorative justice art show!

The artists featured in this collection were asked to consider a very important question: How can we use the power of images to communicate the concept of restorative justice and the greater philosophical shift at work to a wider audience?

We received 23 submissions from around the world and were amazed by the creativity and insight of the artists. We hope that you enjoy exploring their work!

The Reimagining Justice Art Show will run from November 18th-22nd, 2020 in celebration of International Restorative Justice Week. At the end of the week, we will award three Viewer’s Choice Awards. After you visit the show, please take a moment to vote for your favorite image.

Click here to view the collection.

"Reimagining Justice": A Restorative Justice Art Contest

RJ art contest

How can we portray Restorative Justice through images?

Images play a powerful role in communicating complex ideas. Indeed, it is often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

There are many images used to symbolize the retributive approach to justice-making including police handcuffs, prison bars, a courtroom, a judge’s gavel, and Lady Justice with her blindfold, sword, and scales.

There are comparatively very few images to symbolize the restorative approach to justice-making. The most common images used are of a handshake or a group of people seated in a circle, which do not communicate significant conceptual depth to someone new to restorative justice.

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April 11-20, 2021

Relational Schools: Guiding School Wide Restorative Transformation

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Global eConference for educators and school administrators who are dedicated to implementing proactive strategies for relational wellbeing for students, staff and parents

NACRJ is joining with the organizers of RJ World 2020 to enable multiple learning streams in a unique interactive social platform. Attendees will be able to hear presentations and panels that are tuned to beginner, intermediate or advanced levels.

Enjoy the 10 day event from the comfort of your own home or office. New presentations will be released each day - on-demand - to be viewed at your convenience for the remainder of the conference. Zoom panel sessions will be aired live and replayed 24x7.

Conferrence Program - LINK


NACRJ has secured a limited number of half price tickets to the upcoming Relational Schools World eConference in April. Now you and your colleagues can experience 10 days with leading international restorative specialists, enjoying presentations and live panels.

The first twenty tickets sold using NACRJ's unique URL (below) and the discount code "INSIDER" at checkout will receive a 50% discount


If you use this LINK to register, a portion of registration fees will be shared with NACRJ as a sponsor.