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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.
NACRJ is also showcasing good examples of Restorative Justice Legislation in three key areas: Juvenile Justice, Adult/Criminal Justice, and Educational Settings/Schools.[i]
Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities is now published and available from Living Justice Press. This anthology, with 18 chapters, engages issues of colonialization, racism, and systemic harm within the restorative justice movement.
From the introduction by editor Edward C. Valandra: “The twenty authors of color in this book raise unsettling issues about restorative justice...as situated in white supremacist settler societies that sustain deep roots in European invasion and colonizing. The contradiction between restorative practices and the Western, white supremacist, settler societies in which we practice them is inherent. We People of Color and Indigenous Peoples have not created the contradiction. It is there. But we collectively experience this contradiction in ways Whites do not. We feel an urgency about addressing this contradiction that our White settler colleagues seem not to perceive or express. We also feel an urgency about critically informing communities of color and Indigenous communities that this contradiction, while not of our making or choosing, is one we negotiate in restorative justice.”
In this book, older voices join with new voices. “It is my hope that (these voices) land on ears willing to hear their wisdom that will enrich and perhaps even transform the RJ journey, even when the wisdom is uncomfortable.” - Harley Eagle
Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Relaties is now available from Living Justice Press, bookstores and other outlets.
San Francisco’s newest District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, is promoting restorative justice options for all victims of crime. "I want to give every victim of every crime in San Francisco the right to participate in restorative justice if they choose to," he said. "It's going to take time, and it's going to take work, and we're going to have to see how many victims want to engage in the process. Some won't, but this is about putting victims first."
As reported in a 5-minute NPR feature on All Things Considered, Boudin's reformist views were shaped by his personal story. Like more than half of all Americans, he has an immediate family member behind bars. "Years now, decades, of visiting my parents behind bars taught me hard lessons about how...devoid of compassion [the criminal justice system] is. It's not healing the harm that victims experience. It's not rehabilitating people. And in many ways, it's making us less safe."