Restorative Justice Month 2023
During Restorative Justice Month in November 2023, the National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ) will host a range of offerings aimed at building greater understanding and awareness of restorative justice. These offerings will include webinars and short videos, the release of three key research publications, and posts highlighting the restorative justice programs map developed in collaboration with the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.
Introducción de Justicia Restaurativa en el Sistema Legal Penal (en Español)
Fecha: 01 de Noviembre, 2-3pm ET
Panelistas: Mayte Benitez, Rafael Monroy
Descripción: Este seminario web está dirigido a representantes del sistema y miembros de la comunidad interesados en aprender sobre principios y filosofías esenciales de las prácticas restaurativas. La presentación introductoria ofrecerá una breve descripción general de las prácticas restaurativas incluyendo: la historia y el origen de estas prácticas, los enfoques para dirigirse en aceptar responsabilidad significativa a los delitos y daños ,y ofrecerá recomendaciones fundamentales y dificultades durante el proceso de implementación.
Healing & Accountability Dialogue in the Criminal Legal System
Date: November 15, 2023, 3:00-4:15pm ET
Panelists: Tomay Varlack-Butler (moderator), Erika Sasson, Suzanne Neuhaus, Rebecca Weiker, Kevin Skipper
Overview: This webinar is intended for system actors and community members interested in learning about restorative justice facilitation. Panelists will share their experiences in healing and accountability dialogues (also known as “victim-offender dialogues) and the importance of offering an opportunity for harmed and responsible parties to engage in restorative justice practices. Presenters will share key recommendations and challenges faced during the implementation process.Please read about the panelists in the following slides
National Restorative Coaching Program
Date: November 28, 2023, 3:00-4:15pm ET
Overview: The National Center on Restorative Justice’s (NCORJ) 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. In this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to hear from coaches and restorative justice practitioners who are receiving coaching about the program and its impact and learn about opportunities to get involved.
Highlight: 2023 Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System Webinar Series
During 2023, the NCORJ hosted a webinar series titled Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System. The series invited legal scholars, restorative justice practitioners, and system actors into conversation about restorative justice applications in different criminal legal contexts.
Video Series: A Day in the Life
Meet four restorative justice practitioners from various walks of life as they invite us into a day of their life to witness the positive impacts that restorative justice approaches can have on a diverse range of individuals and communities.
In the first episode of this series you will meet Heather M. Thompson, a legal professional, Circle keeper and RJ facilitator whose journey to restorative justice began after a personal tragedy. Heather shares her story of loss, anger, forgiveness and healing as both a participant in a restorative justice process and as a champion of this work.
In the second episode of “A Day in the Life,” meet Rami El Gharib. Rami is a Restorative Justice practitioner who was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Rami shares his story of coming to the United States to escape persecution for his sexuality and to pursue his education. Along this journey, he was introduced to restorative justice, which offered him a new paradigm shift and a life vocation.
In the third episode of “A Day in the Life,” meet Judge Thomas M. Donnelly. Judge Donnelly shares his story of learning about and implementing restorative justice approaches in various courts in Chicago, and how at the heart of true justice is love.
In the final episode of this series, meet Tony Hicks, who at 14-years-old was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Tariq Khamisa. Tony shares the story of his journey to restorative justice, one of lifelong accountability, self-forgiveness, and relationship-building with the Khamisa family. Learn more about Tony, Tariq, the Khamisa family, and the Tariq Khamisa Foundation at tkf.org.
New episodes will be released on Fridays throughout the month of November 2023. Check back here or the NCORJ YouTube Channel!
The Restorative Lens Podcast Series 2
This series of the Restorative Lens Podcast centers on interviews with some of the facilitators from the recent NCORJ co-sponsored institute focusing on Equitable Systems Design for Restorative Justice. During the institute’s breakout sessions, there was an opportunity for participants to engage collectively and critically around key themes such as procedural fairness, access bias and decision-making, cultural competency, research and evaluation, policy and advocacy, and program implementation and fidelity. These interview conversations will create the opportunity to highlight some of the insights, reflections, and continued questions that came out of these discussions as well as explore opportunities to address these disparities within restorative justice equitable systems design moving forward.
New episodes of The Restorative Lens podcast will be released on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month of November 2023, beginning on November 7th. Check back here or wherever you listen to podcasts!
2023 Annotated Bibliography
As part of Restorative Justice Month 2023, the National Center on Restorative Justice is excited to share a new resource to help support research to advance restorative justice. This resource includes an annotated bibliography of empirical studies on restorative justice in the context of the U.S. criminal legal system, published in English in the years 2000 – 2023. Empirical studies are those that include direct observations or measurement of restorative justice practices and programs. This list includes peer-reviewed sources, such as scholarly research publications, as well as non-peer reviewed or grey literature sources such as program evaluations, agency reports, and summaries from grant-funded RJ activities.
Map of Restorative Justice Programs
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ), in collaboration with National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ), hosts this map of organizations, education institutions, and other entities across the United States that offer restorative justice services and resources. This project is an extension of previous work conducted in recent decades by several groups who were interested in creating a directory and map to identify and connect restorative justice practitioners and entities across the country.
This map is not intended to be an endorsement by NACRJ or its collaborative partners for any particular organization or entity. Rather, the map is intended to serve as a resource and directory to support professionals, community members, researchers, and others interested in restorative justice in drawing connections to others pursuing this work.