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.

Rep. John Lewis (1940-2020)

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John Lewis received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Pres. Obama

We mourn with the nation the passing of Rep. John Lewis who was one of the leaders of the 1960's Civil Right Movement working side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King.  At age 23 he spoke at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.  He was also one of the leaders of the Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, AL.  During that march he was beaten by police as they crossed the Edmond Pettus Bridge.  He repeatedly put his life at risk and was beaten, bled and jailed as he pursued racial and social justice through non-violence. Among the members of the Congress he was known as the "Conscience of the Congress".  

NACRJ honors Rep. John Lewis, celebrates his life and legacy, and mourns his passing.  He was a living legend and an inspiration to all who continue working toward the realization of a safe, just, and equitable society.

Read the OpEd written by the Honorable John R. Lewis shortly before his death and published on the day of his funeral by the New York Times. 

President Obama's Eulogy for Rep. John R. Lewis (7-30-2020)

Career Opportunities

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NACRJ Programs

Our page for NACRJ online programs and events.

National Conferences

The 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago is now set for July 7-9, 2022. Please print this Save the Date flyer to inform others.

NACRJ 8th Conference, Chicago July 7 to 9, 2022

 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.

Amazon Smile Charity, NACRJ


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...