The National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ) improves criminal justice policy and practice in the United States through supporting education, research, and training to further restorative approaches.
In 2018 the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) issued a solicitation for congressional funding, championed by Senator Patrick Leahy, to launch a National Center on Restorative Justice. In response, Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) submitted a proposal in collaboration with the University of Vermont (UVM) and the University of San Diego (USD). In March of 2020, the BJA awarded the grant to VLGS and its partners. Soon thereafter, the BJA announced additional grant funding was appropriated by Congress to manage the NCORJ. VLGS and partners submitted another competitive application and, in February 2021, received a second BJA award to manage and expand work of the NCORJ.