Florida Holds Inaugural RJ Conference

DSC 0201The Florida Restorative Justice Association held its inaugural statewide conference on September 28th and 29th on the campus of USF-Sarasota. This endeavor was largely funded through a generous mini-grant from NACRJ. The 108 attendees included significant numbers of educators and students, law enforcement and judicial system folks, public administrators at state and local levels, community resource providers (in mediation, trauma informed care, etc) and racial/social justice organizers – from many parts of Florida.

The Friday evening reception featured a screening of “Another Justice” with a panel discussion led by people featured in the film. Twelve workshops on Saturday were offered in four different tracks: Education, Community/Criminal Justice, RJP as a Movement, and Communication. Mediterranean vegan food was served for dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.  In the closing circle, one attendee offered a song by Ella Baker: “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest,” and pretty much every voice in the room joined in and sang along with the chorus. It is fair to say, in general, that minds were aligne, and hearts were aglow. A nourishing, informative, and inspiring time was had by all!(For more about FRJA, please visit, and like our facebook page!)

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National Conferences

The upcoming 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (June 14-16, 2019) now has a special Cvent website with all primary information and online registration. This includes keynote speakers and performers that are confirmed. Information is also on our own Conference 2019 webpage.

Meanwhile, our 6th NACRJ Conference held in Oakland, CA (2017) still has recordings of keynotes, interviews, and photos that you can see and hear on our website.

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

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