Dr. Gordon Bazemore Award for Research/Journalism in Community and Restorative Justice

2022 Award Recipient - Thalia González

University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA

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Left: Thalia González 
Right: Thalia González (right), pictured with NACRJ Board Member Dr. Mara Schiff, accepts the Research/Journalism Award at the 2022 NACRJ National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Thalia González is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law where she holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. She is also a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center where she leads national research and policy advocacy on restorative justice. Professor González is the author of more than 40 academic publications and currently an editor of the North American Volume of the International Encyclopedia of Restorative Justice (forthcoming 2023). Her interdisciplinary scholarship appears in top law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, book, policy reports, white papers, issue briefs, court opinions, and legislative trend analyses, as well as in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. In recognition of her research, Professor González has been selected as a 2022–2024 Restorative Justice Research Community Research Fellow supported by the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance. In the field of restorative justice, she has been awarded research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Grantmakers for Girls of Color, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies, and Spencer Foundation. Professor González is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Alternative Dispute Resolution & Restorative Justice Committee and serves on the design and research teams for the San Francisco Truth, Justice & Reconciliation Commission.

Award Background

NACRJ endorses, encourages and supports both well-designed academic research (qualitative,
quantitative, legal, and theoretical) and thorough, unbiased investigativeGordon BazemoreGordon Bazemore 1951-2021 journalism, in print or media, which explore potential or actual applications of community and restorative justice theory and/or practices that contribute to the development of safe, just and equitable communities. NACRJ periodically recognizes accomplishments by journalists and academic researchers with its Research/Journalism Award. Going forward, this award is named in the memory of Dr. Gordon Bazemore, an early pioneer of the modern-day restorative justice movement.

Dr. Bazemore began his work with restorative justice in the early 1990s. From 1997-2007, he directed the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project, which was among the first to integrate restorative justice philosophy into juvenile justice systems across the country. Gordon was a prolific and visionary writer, publishing three co-authored books and over 100 academic journal articles and book chapters focused on juvenile and restorative justice. Gordon was a faculty
member at Florida Atlantic University's School of Public Administration and later the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, where he served as Director for six years. In 2013, Gordon
was the first recipient of the NACRJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Read Dr. Bazemore’s obituary and a memorial written by NACRJ Board Member Dr. Mara Schiff. 

Award Criteria

Academic Research

  • The researcher(s) being recognized have published their research in established academic outlets (peer reviewed journals, law journals, academic books, or monographs published by university research institutes or highly regarded private research institutes).
  • The central research questions explored by the research publications are directly relevant to restorative justice or community justice theory, application, or evaluation.
  • The researcher’s publication(s) provide a substantively relevant literature review which demonstrates a sound understanding of theory, values, and principles of community and restorative justice.
  • The researcher’s publication(s) demonstrate that the researcher(s) applied relevant theory, values, and principles to inform the design or theoretical/legal exploration of the research questions explored.

Investigative Journalism

  • The print or media investigative journalist (or group of journalists) recognized have published their article(s) in credible journalistic or media outlets that have well established reputations for maintaining high ethical standards for journalistic ethics [see the code of ethics for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Center for Investigative Reporting].
  • The substantive focus of the investigative research project is directly relevant to community and restorative justice theory, application, evaluation, or impacts.
  • The journalist’s work(s) demonstrate that the journalist(s) has a sound understanding of the theory, values, and principles of community and restorative justice.
  • The journalist’s work(s) ,in its published or final form, explore and discuss the topic in informed ways consistent with theory, values, and principles of community and restorative justice.

Past Recipients of the Research / Journalism Award

2019 Recipient

Danielle Sered

Executive Director of Common Justice, New York, NY

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2017 Recipient

Dr. Marilyn Armour

Institute for Restorative Justice, Austin, TX

2017 Research Journalism award recipient, Marilyn Armour

Dr. Marilyn Armour is a leading national scholar on restorative justice theory, practice, implementation and evaluation. She has authored or co-authored five books dealing with restorative justice, with the most recent one on “dyadic forgiveness” as it relates to healing processes for those involved in severe harms. In 2010 she coauthored Restorative Dialogue: An Essential Guide for Research and Practice with Dr. Mark Umbreit, a key resource for academics and practitioners. Since 1994 she has published 39 peer reviewed journal articles, 21 book chapters, and 9 monographs related to program evaluations. Over half of these writings relate directly to the theory, practice and evaluation of restorative justice.

Within the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin she established the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue (IRJRD) in 2008, which has provided trainings, education on restorative justice principles and practice models, guidance and consultation on program development, and evaluation research on program effectiveness.

Their largest project to date has been a statewide effort to provide training for educators across Texas on the application of restorative practices in schools to promote a positive school climate, foster self-governance among students, and provide restorative responses to student misconduct.