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.

A Restorative Life Well Lived

In Memoriam Agnes Furey

Agnes Furey

By Dr. Sandra Pavelka

Agnes Furey, a soft spoken and mighty advocate for restorative justice, peace and forgiveness, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at the age of 84. Agnes led a purpose-driven life guided by faith and grace. As a friend, colleague and fellow restorative justice advocate, Agnes will be truly missed. Her legacy will live on with her impactful work in her Tallahassee community, the State of Florida, and nationally.

In 1998, her daughter and grandson were murdered by her daughter’s boyfriend, who was later sentenced to life in prison for their deaths. As a survivor,  Agnes became involved with The Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project, a national demonstration project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice, at Florida Atlantic University in her home state.  Agnes wanted to turn her tragedy into a path of forgiveness and healing based on restorative justice. Through a series of letters, discussions, reflections and poems, Agnes and her daughter’s boyfriend, co-authored Wildfires in the Median.

She founded Achieve Higher Ground, a national network, including victim offender dialogue, victims’ meetings, and a comprehensive reentry program for formerly incarcerated persons reintegrating into the community.  Recently she dedicated AHGnes House, a transitional residence for those reentering the community, in Tallahassee, Florida.

Rest easy, dear Agnes.

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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. REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN. See the Call for Presentation Proposals (due before Dec. 1, 2021). 

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...