Welcome to NACRJ

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.

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    • 2019

      This conference registration information is not active. Our 2022 Conference website is live here.

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      Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

      Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado

      June 14-16, 2019

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      June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops

       Conference Hours on ALL Dates are 8 am to 5 pm.  The automated registration kiosks open at 7 am daily.



      OVER 1,600 attendees registered for the conference.



      Conference Program - June 14-16, 2019


      Off-Line Payment Options by Check or Purchase Order require a receipt/invoice and are automated payment options at the "check-out" stage of the on-line registration process.  Credit cards are processed through PayPal (a PayPal account is NOT required).


      Scholarships Awarded

      Recently NACRJ received a pledge of $10,000 to support the 7th NACRJ Conference.  As a result, we were able to award modest scholarships to reduce registration fees and related costs.


      Exhibitor Registration

      Exhibitors must be approved to before they can register on-line as an exhibitor at the 7th NACRJ Conference.  Contact Elizabeth K. Rooks   (for Chicago, add name, email, phone.)

      If she is not available you can contact the Executive Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (210-218-7159). 

      Once approved exhibitors will be provided with a verification code that is used to create the Exhibitor Register on-line.  Payment is typically by credit card but other options are availble.  

      Each exhibitor receives a single 6-8 ft. long table, two chairs, a plain table cover, and two Exhibitor Badges with the registration.  However, we ask that you wait until informed by NACRJ that procedures for registering a second person under the Exhibitor Registration have been worked out. Electrical wiring for computers or other equipment is available if ordered with the registration.  


      Contact the Executive Director for assistance with or clarification of NACRJ conference registration policies and practices.

      Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      Phone:  (210) 218-7159



      Instructions for Making Changes to Conference Registations


      8th CONFERENCE - Flyer


      Lead Organizers: Debra Witzel, Probation Supervisor for Restorative Practices

                                 Lynn Lee, Pike's Peak Restorative Justice Council

                                 See below for their contact information.

      We hope you will come to the Mile High City (Denver) in June of 2019 to be a part of the ever widening circle of restorative justice practitioners and practices.

      Since the early 1990’s, Coloradoans have been championing restorative justice practices in communities, schools, justice settings, faith-based organizations and the environment. Currently, Colorado is host to laws that generate jobs and funding for restorative justice practices and research, statewide organizations, innovative practices, impassioned practitioners, and supporters from the legislature to the land and rivers.


      Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

      Justice is a broad concept. While it encompasses formal justice systems, in its broadest sense “justice” refers to basic concepts of fairness in relations - balance, equity, fair exchange, harmony, equal treatment, mutual respect and dignity. Justice encompasses how we live together in peace with dignity and respect for one another despite our differences. It encompasses how we respond to harms and address inequities and injustice. It includes how our institutions relate to us, individually and collectively, in respectful and constructive ways.

      The 7th NACRJ Conference focuses on elevating this broader meaning of justice by intentionally widening the circle of engagement in meaningful ways that welcome the voices of victims, formerly incarcerated, LGTBQ, racial, ethnic minorities and others, as we promote safe, just, equitable and sustainable communities and institutions in the US and around the world.

      The broad strokes for substantive focus areas or tracks will be Justice, Education and Community. Call for proposals will go out in September of 2018 when the conference portal goes live. The CO Conference organizers are encouraging people to coordinate and co-create proposals with others in your community, state, or context nationwide to generate quality-level, interactive and inspiring breakout sessions. These pre-planned panel sessions with multiple voices will take precedent when selecting breakout sessions for the 2019 NACRJ Conference. Widen your circle and invite others to present with you!

      We will also feature a new opportunity for short Pecha Kucha presentations in a Shift and Share format. This event will replace the traditional “Poster Sessions”. Participants in this event will have the opportunity to highlight their program, practice, book or other exciting information in a short 20-slide PowerPoint deck with a max of 20 seconds per slide. These brief presentations will be shared via your personal battery powered device and seen by small groups. People will watch and then have a few minutes to ask questions before moving to the next presentation. What could be more fun and productive than sharing your information in an energizing and creative way with a roomful of curious participants?!


      (for Chicago 2021 Conference... add hotel and airport/transportation info below)

      For more information about Restorative Justice Practices in Colorado, go to www.rjcolorado.org

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      A special thanks to the first major sponsor of the conference: Colorado Restorative Justice Council

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    • 2022

  • Resources

    Publicly Accessible Resources: These resources are accessible to any viewer who visits the website and include featured articles and videos presented on the Home page, policy statements, training-conferences links, a list of collaborating partners, and a selection of full-text (PDF) public domain documents on restorative justice, community justice and related topics.  Public domain documents are published and released by governmental agencies, research institutes and practitioner organizations without proprietary restrictions.  An on-line membership directory will be coming soon and other resources (like a bibliography) will be added be added over time.

    • Recent Weekly Read Articles:   Weekly read articles for the past month will be accessible to site visitors when the the Public Resources tab is highlighted.  Click on the subordinate tab for "Recent Weekly Reads". 

    Membership Only Resources:  These resources are accessible only to current NACRJ members.  They include a much larger collection and higher quality collection of full-text (PDF) public domain publications published and released by governmental agencies, research institutes and practitioner organizations. 

    • Past Weekly Read Articles:  Weekly Read articles featured in prior months will be archived and accessible to current NACRJ members once they login to the site.
    • Minutes from Business Meeting:  The documents are available to members once logged into the site. 
    • A Membership Directory is Coming Soon:  Members will have access to an alphabetized directory of individual members who have provided information for the directory and consent for publication.  This will be a key networking tool for members. 

    Become a Member of NACRJ »


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  • About NACRJ

    The NACRJ promotes effective forms of justice that are equitable, sustainable and socially constructive

    NACRJ’s Vision

    The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice 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. It serves as the parent organization for the National Conference on Restorative Justice and provides its members with information applicable to restorative and community justice theory and practice.

    NACRJ’s Mission

    The mission of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice is to provide a professional association for educators and practitioners and others interested in restorative and community justice.  The primary means to fulfill this mission are the bi-annual National Conference on Restorative Justice and a membership accessible website.

    NACRJ’s Purpose

    The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice is a non-profit organization that provides a professional association for educators, practitioners and others interested in restorative and community justice.  The primary means to fulfill this purpose are educational and will be carried out through the National Conference on Restorative Justice and a membership accessible website.  The Association will use principles of social and restorative justice to assist educators, practitioners and others to seek transformation in the ways justice questions are addressed within the United States. The Association will promote effective forms of justice that are equitable, sustainable and socially constructive.

    Legal/Postal Address

    National Association of Community and Restorative Justice

    16650 Huebner Rd., #1336

    San Antonio, TX 78248

  • General Info

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    • Training/Conference Events

      To add a posting of a training, conference or learning event, submit your information using the Trainings and Conference Events form. Each listing can include up to 3 web-links (home page, event page, registration page). Listings will be removed once the event dates have passed.

    • NACRJ News

    • Sample Position Papers

  • Higher Education

    The higher education programs listed here are not exhaustive and represent only those programs we know about.  To list a new higher education program contact NACRJ and provide appropriate information.

  • In the News

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  • Victim Supports

  • In Remembrance

  • Celebrating

  • Programs

NACRJ Programs

Our page for NACRJ online programs and events.

National Conferences

The 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago is set for July 7-9, 2022. Register at our Conference Website.

Check out the Event & Speaker Schedule (PDF) and the Plenary & Keynote Speakers (PDF) we have lined up for this year's conference.

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Special thanks to our  Chicago Planning Team (PDF)

The 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (cvent.com) (June 14-16, 2019) set a new record with over 1600 in attendance! Recordings of all major sessions from this year's conference are now be ready for all to hear on our Conference 2019 Recordings page. A YouTube recording the Motus Theater performance has recent been added.  This is a great way to extend the highlights of the conference to others.

Please note that we have also listed all of our 2019 award recipients under each respective award category.

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Become a member

Members have access to large collections of documents on victimization, restorative justice, community justice and many other topics (see the Public Resources page for samples).

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Mini-Grant Program

NACRJ wants to annually support new initiatives driven by members. Read more...


Featuring some of the best restorative justice videos available online. Read more...