Restorative Approaches to Policing Think Tank

The National Center on Restorative Justice’s inaugural institute on the topic of restorative approaches to policing. Structured as a virtual “think tank,” we invited restorative justice and policing experts from across the United States who use restorative approaches in policing in a variety of models to participate. These experts included police leaders, restorative justice nonprofit partners, and academics with a specialty in restorative approaches in policing. Participants identified the most pressing issues and questions nationally related to policing to help shape the following institute. From this inaugural institute, we produced a restorative policing reference list that links research, approach outlines,…

Dr. Brunilda Pali: “Restorative Responses to Environmental Harms, Conflicts, and Crimes”

The National Center on Restorative Justice and the Center for Justice Reform at Vermont Law School hosted our first Visiting Scholar, Dr. Brunilda Pali from Belgium. Dr. Pali is a Senior Researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium) and a Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). During her visit, Dr. Pali gave this public seminar and met with VLS students, as well as members of the VLS environmental law faculty. You can watch the seminar here.

Restorative Approaches to Policing Institute

The second event in the National Center on Restorative Justice 2021 institute series on Restorative Approaches to Policing. This public institute was attended virtually by over 300 participants and included live-streamed keynote and panel presentations, break-out sessions for discussion, and skills-based workshops. Three key models of restorative justice in policing were featured: Police-nonprofit partnerships that enable police to directly refer cases to restorative justice programs; Police-community dialogues to rebuild trust in law enforcement; Restorative practices by police to take responsibility for current and historical harm caused by their departments. You can watch videos of the institute here. You can read…

RJ Week: Reimagining Justice: A Restorative Justice Art Gallery (2021)

For International RJ Week, the National Center on Restorative Justice issued a call to artists and restorative justice advocates to creatively represent a restorative approach to justice-making or to advance public understanding and implementation of restorative justice through art. We accepted art in all mediums. You can view the art gallery here.

Restorative Reintegration Institute: A Think Tank of Experts

For the first event in the National Center on Restorative Justice’s institute series on Restorative Reintegration, we hosted a think tank of 25 experts, including academics and practitioners with expertise in restorative justice approaches to reentry after incarceration. Participants met in restorative dialogue to specifically discuss and identify the core principles and practices of “restorative reintegration.” Our team members who attended are currently collaborating on writing a white paper as a follow-up to the event, identifying and outlining core elements of restorative reintegration. Learn more here.

Restoring Humanity: A Speaker Showcase on Restorative Reintegration

For the second event in the National Center on Restorative Justice institute series on Restorative Reintegration, a group of courageous individuals came together for the first time to share their empowering messages of hope in finding success through restorative reintegration after incarceration. “Restoring Humanity” was the culmination of a 90-day speaker training experience delivered by Amplify Voices. This event was a partnership with the University of San Diego, and the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Learn more here.

8th Annual NACRJ Conference

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place 2233 South Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Call for 3-minute videos: What is Restorative Justice?

"What is restorative justice?" This is an important question that can be difficult to answer. If we want restorative justice to take root in the criminal justice system and beyond, it is essential that we find creative and concise ways to communicate restorative justice to the public. In recognition of this need and in honor of International Restorative Justice week, the National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ) invites you to submit a 3-minute video that answers the question "What is restorative justice?" Feel free to take a creative approach and integrate art, poetry, symbolism, metaphors, or anything that sparks your imagination…


Center for Artistic Activism Workshop

As part of the leadup to the debut of Reimagining Justice, the National Center on Restorative Justice hosted a two-part workshop with the Center for Artistic Activism, focused on how to advance restorative justice through artistic means. You can watch videos of the workshop here.

Webinar: Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System

Do you ever wonder if there is another way to repair harm and think about accountability within our criminal legal system? In honor of International Restorative Justice Week, the National Center on Restorative Justice will offer a 90-minute webinar on restorative justice in the criminal legal system. The webinar is intended for justice system actors and others looking to learn more about restorative justice approaches and how to incorporate them into the justice system. Panelists will share how they implement restorative justice practices, the evidence of effectiveness and impact on the carceral system, and any challenges experienced during the implementation process.