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"

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Balanced (BARJ) Approach Back in View

RestorativeJusticeOn the 30th anniversary of the production of Dennis Maloney’s seminal work, “The Balanced Approach,” the Juvenile and Family Court Journal has now issued a set of articles this spring that revisit the beginnings and spread of what has largely been known, over the years, as BARJ.

Included in this journey is a recent article by co-authors Sandra Pavelka and Douglas Thomas, “Evolution of Balanced and Restorative Justice," which creatively takes the reader through the hypothetical experiences of youth offender Joey who navigates a complex justice system that may or may not include a balanced approach.

Maloney (for whom one the NACRJ award categories is named after), along with other colleagues, came up with the balanced triad of accountability for victims, competencies of offenders, and protection for communities, as a way to encapsulate the thrust of restorative justice as it was unfolding in the 1990s in the realm of criminal justice for youth offenders.

NACRJ Programs

Our page for NACRJ online programs and events. Read more...

National Conferences

The 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago is now set for July 8-10, 2022. Please print this Save the Date flyer to inform others.

NACRJ 2022 Conference Save the Date Flyer 2022 Conference Flyer (PDF)

The 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (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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Memberships

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...

Videos

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