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The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The association and its members are dedicated to advancing theory, practice and research on models of relational justice as reparative approaches with the potential to meaningfully address harms, injustice and persistent inequities that confront modern society.

NACRJ applies principles of social justice, community justice and restorative justice seeking transformation in the ways justice questions and issues are addressed in our communities and our lives.  It promotes effective forms of justice that are equitable, sustainable and socially constructive responses to conflicts, incivilities, and crimes.  It is the parent organization for the biannual conference of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.  We provide our members with information applicable to restorative and community justice theory and practice.  NACRJ advocates for changes in public policy that support or promote broader application of community and restorative justice.  Examples of policy advocacy can be found on our website home page under the "Policies" tab.

This year, at our 6th NACRJ Conference in Oakland, CA over 1,300 people, from across the nation and several other countries, came together to learn from one another and share a different vision of how to address justice issues in the 21st Century.  Go to the "2017 Conference" page to see conference photos or listen to keynote presentations.

 You can make a donation today - Scroll to the bottom of the home page, click on the "Donate" button.  We use PayPal to process donations using either credit cards or PayPal accounts.  Your donation is tax deductible with an NACRJ Receipt. 


Mini-Grant Proposals

Proposals being Evaluated

We had a great response to the call for mini-grant proposals.  The proposals are being reviewed and evaluated now.  Funding decisions will be announced in the next few weeks.  We will send email letters to inform those who submitted proposals whether their proposal was funded.  We will announce the funded proposals on the NACRJ website. 

2016 NACRJ Mini-Grant Recipients

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In early October of this year we announced the first NACRJ Mini-Grant program and published a call for proposals.  By the end of the submission period we had received 24 applications for Mini-Grants.  After careful deliberation, the Mini-Grant Committee has named our first recipients for NACRJ mini-grants.  The 2016 grant recipients and their projects are:

1.     J. Renee Trombley of Claflin University: HBCU Circle Training – While the need for restorative practices can be envisioned for all universities, there is an enhanced need among minority serving institutions.  Minority youth are underrepresented in college yet overrepresented in the criminal justice system.

2.     M. Michelle Day of Nehemiah Trinity Rising: Chicago Peace Room – This program leverages the capacity of the community to effectively address causative factors associated with youth crime and violence.  This is done through building relationships through community circles then proceeding to educate and provide skills training for a community cohort of persons who will work to grow restorative justice practices in the neighborhood.  Part of this process includes the collaborative establishment of a permanent community peace room.

3.     Linda Keena, University of Mississippi, Department of Legal Studies: Prison Apology Workshop – The focus of this project is on making the first identified component, an apology.  For most individuals, especially inmates with inadequate oral communication skills, an apology is challenging. This restorative justice intervention course is designed to help maximum-security inmates master the art of a crucial conversation in a restorative justice program.

4.     Jeike B. Mitchell, University of Akron, OH (dissertation): Survivor Restorative Justice Study (sexual violence) – This project bridges the areas of positive psychology and criminology, particularly in the case of sexual victimization.  The research question concerns the relationship between restorative attitudes.  The Retributive and Restorative Justice Orientations Scale will be used in this research project. 

5.     Janice Jerome, Restorative Justice Institute of Atlanta: Rainbow Summer Youth Workshop – RJIA established Spaces in the Rainbow, a summer workshop for youth that uses restorative principles and practices to address youth concerns about their communication with their parents. The workshop is free and led by Restorative practitioners. Pierre left behind five other siblings ages 5 to 13 who have participated in the workshop both years.

6.     Danielle Sims, Bridges to Life: Books for Prison Program – Bridges to Life operates restorative justice oriented reentry programs for incarcerated people in many prisons across Texas and other states.  This project funds purchase of books, workbooks and other training materials for these programs. 

7.     Lynn Lee, Pikes Peak Restorative Practices: Restorative Justice Volunteer Retreat – This project envisions a "retreat" with facilitators and volunteers in Restorative Justice. We have been working together for over 8 years and have never gotten together for a more extended time to review/discuss our program(s) and continue our education around RJ issues.

Please join us in congratulating all the 2016 NACRJ Mini-Grant Recipients for their outstanding work in promoting safe, just and equitable communities.  Every day their work advances the field and is literally "Shaping Justice for the 21st Century".

Our Condolences

To the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

 Nice France Condolence 2016 RSD

July 16, 2016

Our hearts are once again broken by the staggering violence carried out in a terrorist inspired act. This time in Nice, France during Bastille Day celebrations in which 84 people were killed.  We are in solidarity with the victims, their families, the citizens of Nice, and all of France.  We are with you - you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We are commited to building safe, just, equitable and inclusive communities that are grounded in care, respect and dignity created through community and interpersonal dialogue.


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".  

Look for audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more coming soon to this website.

Check out past NACRJ Conferences (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) from the Conferences tab.

Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference has begun.  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.

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