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The National Center on Restorative Justice provides restorative justice education and training for criminal justice system actors and the general public.

Expansion of implementation of restorative justice in the criminal justice context hinges on greater buy-in from justice system actors (police, judges, lawyers, probation/diversion officers, etc.) who have the power to refer cases to restorative justice and the general public. Justice system actors and the general public need to know what restorative justice is and why they should care.

Toward this end, the NCORJ regularly offers introductory restorative justice educational opportunities, both online and in person, through workshops, webinars, trainings, and events.

Toward this end, the NCORJ regularly offers introductory restorative justice educational opportunities, both online and in person, through workshops, webinars, trainings, and events.

Training

Our training division is committed to working with various organizations, ranging from grassroots local communities to national system associations seeking professional development to aid in criminal justice reform. All resources and content created are free and accessible to the public due to federal funding support to reduce barriers and inequity in access to knowledge. 

Coaching

NCORJ’s coaching program provides restorative justice practitioners with individualized support in restorative skills, frameworks, and programmatic implementation. One-on-one coaching is delivered by restorative justice leaders who have a depth of experience from a wide range of restorative justice contexts. As a continuation of formal training, coaching aims to deepen the innate capabilities and confidence of practitioners nationwide. 

A painting titled "Embracing Justice" by Alanna Ojibway where there are two women embracing with the words Relationship, Respect, Responsibility, Repair, and Reintegration circling them.

Education in Prisons

Prisons in the US tend toward harsh conditions and unhealthy relations within them. Teaching the basic principles and practices of restorative justice inside a prison setting could enable accountability, better communication, and greater understanding of relational obligations.