Research / Journalism Award in Community and Restorative Justice

Research AwardThe National Association of Community and Restorative Justice endorses, encourages and supports both well designed academic research and thorough, unbiased investigative journalism, in print or media, which explore potential or actual applications of community and restorative justice theory and/or practices that contribute to the development of safe, just and equitable communities. NACRJ periodically recognizes, at its conferences, accomplishments by academic researchers with its Research/Journalism Award.

Award Criteria

The award shall recognize individuals, organizations or groups for an important work and/or sustained productivity in academic research (qualitative, quantitative, legal, and theoretical), or investigative journalism focused on theory construction, program evaluation, policy analysis, implementation, and impacts of restorative and/or community justice theory and practice.

Academic Research

  • The researcher(s) being recognized must publish their research in established academic outlets (peer reviewed journals, law journals, academic books, or monographs published by university research institutes or highly regarded private research institutes).
  • The central research questions explored by the research publications featured in the nomination statement must be directly relevant to restorative justice or community justice theory, application, or evaluation.
  • The publication(s) featured in the nomination statement must provide a substantively relevant literature review which demonstrates, in addition to the significance of the nominee’s research, a sound understanding of theory, values, and principles of restorative justice and community justice.
  • The publication(s) featured in the nomination statement must demonstrate that the researcher(s) applied relevant theory, values, and principles to inform the design or theoretical/legal exploration of the research questions being explored.

Investigative Journalism

  • The print or media investigative journalist (or group of journalists) being recognized must have published their article(s) in credible journalistic or media outlets that have well established reputations for maintaining high ethical standards for journalistic ethics [see the code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Investigative Reporting].
  • The substantive focus of the investigative research project featured in the nomination statement must be directly relevant to restorative justice or community justice theory, application, evaluation, or impacts.
  • The work(s) featured in the nomination statement must demonstrate that the journalist(s) have a sound understanding of the theory, values, and principles of restorative justice and community justice.
  • The work(s) featured in the nomination statement, in its published or final form, must explore and discuss the topic in informed ways consistent with theory, values, and principles of community justice and restorative justice.

Recipients of the Research / Journalism Award

2017 Recipient

Dr. Marilyn Armour – Institute for Restorative Justice, Austin, TX

2017 Research Journalism award recipient, Marilyn Armour

Dr. Marilyn Armour is a leading national scholar on restorative justice theory, practice, implementation and evaluation. She has authored or co-authored five books dealing with restorative justice, with the most recent one on “dyadic forgiveness” as it relates to healing processes for those involved in severe harms. In 2010 she coauthored Restorative Dialogue: An Essential Guide for Research and Practice with Dr. Mark Umbreit, a key resource for academics and practitioners. Since 1994 she has published 39 peer reviewed journal articles, 21 book chapters, and 9 monographs related to program evaluations. Over half of these writings relate directly to the theory, practice and evaluation of restorative justice.

Within the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin she established the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) in 2008, which has provided trainings, education on restorative justice principles and practice models, guidance and consultation on program development, and evaluation research on program effectiveness.

Their largest project to date has been a statewide effort to provide training for educators across Texas on the application of restorative practices in schools to promote a positive school climate, foster self-governance among students, and provide restorative responses to student misconduct.

National Conferences

Our 6th NACRJ Conference was held in Oakland, CA on June 16-18, 2017 with three pre-conference training sessions on June 15, 2017.  We had 1,319 attendees, terrific keynote/plenary sessions and cultural performances, nearly 300 presentations, an awards ceremony, and a concert by "dead prez".  

Audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more can be found on the 2017 Conference page.

Check out past NACRJ Conferences in 2013, 2015, 2017 on the Conferences tab.

Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference is progressing nicely.  It will be in Denver, CO (June 14-16, 2019) with Pre-Conference Training Sessions on June 13, 2019.  Put it on your calendar.  We want to see you there.

In 2021, the 8th NACRJ Conference will be held in Chicago, IL.  We look forward to being in Chi-Town. 

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