Welcome to NACRJ

The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive, addressing not only crime, but conflict, incivility, injustice and all forms of harm. NACRJ hosts the biennial National Conference of Community and Restorative Justice, and provides supports for members.

"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"


We envision a safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.


We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm.  NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles.

Extended Early Bird & Presentation Proposal Deadline for 8th NACRJ Conference

The NACRJ Board of Directors has extended the deadlines for Early Bird registration and submission of Presentation Proposals to Jan. 7, 2022.

Over 1,600 people attended our last conference in 2019. The COVID pandemic required that we postpone the 2021 conference until 2022. By the time we meet again in Chicago it will have been three years since we last gathered for a National Conference. Visit the conference summary page to learn more about what you can expect when we are once again together.

The Call for Breakout Presentation Proposals for the 8th NACRJ Conference (Chicago, July 7-9, 2022) is now open. We invite you to submit a proposal to help showcase the breadth of community & restorative justice work being across the country, and beyond. Click here to learn more about the submission process and instructions for preparing a presentation proposal.  The deadline for submission of presentation proposals has been extended to Jan. 7, 2022.

REGISTER NOW to take advantage of the low Early Bird fees and submit your proposal.  The Early Bird registration period has also been extended to Jan. 7, 2022.

We hope you will be with us next July! If you cannot attend in person, we have three virtual options that would allow you to attend some sessions online.

If you have questions about conference registration or have difficulties registering for the conference, contact Mike Gilbert for assistance at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (210) 218-7159.

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Executive Director Recruitment

 A formal announcement on the selection of a new Executive Director will be made shortly.

- Retirement Letter from Mike Gilbert

NACRJ Programs

Our page for NACRJ online programs and events.

National Conferences

The 8th NACRJ Conference in Chicago is set for July 7-9, 2022. REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN. See the Call for Presentation Proposals (due before Dec. 1, 2021). 

Please print this Save the Date flyer to inform others.

NACRJ 8th Conference, Chicago July 7 to 9, 2022

 2022 Conference Flyer (PDF)

The 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver (June 14-16, 2019) set a new record with over 1600 in attendance! Recordings of all major sessions from this year's conference are now be ready for all to hear on our Conference 2019 Recordings page. A YouTube recording the Motus Theater performance has recent been added.  This is a great way to extend the highlights of the conference to others.

Please note that we have also listed all of our 2019 award recipients under each respective award category.

Amazon Smile Charity, NACRJ


Become a member

Members have access to large collections of documents on victimization, restorative justice, community justice and many other topics (see the Public Resources page for samples).

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Mini-Grant Program

NACRJ wants to annually support new initiatives driven by members. Read more...


Featuring some of the best restorative justice videos available online. Read more...