Restorative and Community Justice
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Mission Statement: The mission of the Section on Restorative and Community Justice is to provide a professional association for academics, educators, justice agency practitioners, victim advocates, victim services interested in developing restorative and community justice theory; conduct policy relevant research on restorative and community justice practices; and educate individuals, organizations, institutions, and governmental entities about restorative and community justice principles and practices.

Membership: Any current member of ACJS is welcomed as a new member! Also, we actively seek student members who are interested in restorative and criminal justice at the undergraduate or graduate level. If you know of a student who would benefit from meeting and networking with scholars in our field, please encourage them to become a member. Student participation is vital to our growth and the continued research in the field! Section dues are only $20 for regular members and free for students. We also have an option for regular members to contribute $5 to a student fund.

To join the section, current ACJS members should contact Cathy Barth, Association Manager, at; non-members of ACJS can join ACJS and the section online or by following the instructions available on the Membership page of the ACJS website.

Member Benefits: Section members are provided an opportunity to exchange ideas, questions, and helpful strategies for practical application, research, and teaching tips associated with restorative and criminal justice topics.

As a member you may attend the annual social gathering and general business meeting held at the ACJS annual conference. Upcoming meetings will be held:

March 29 – April 2, 2016   Denver, Colorado
March 21 – 25, 2017  Kansas City, Missouri
February 13 – 17, 2018  New Orleans, LA
March 26 – 30, 2019  Baltimore, Maryland
March 24 – 28, 2020  San Antonio, TX

We have an annual newsletter, Dialogue, in which members can submit materials for publication, including short articles, notices of events, or member updates. It is an informative benefit of membership!

2017  Vol 7, No. 1 Dialogue
2016  Vol 6, No. 1 Dialogue
2015  Vol 5, No. 1 Dialogue
2014  Vol 4, No. 1 Dialogue
2013  Vol 3, No. 1 Dialogue

Executive Board:

Chair – Nick Jones,
Term of office ends: 2019

Vice Chair – Rachel H. Cunliffe,
Term of office ends: 2019 (Vice Chair becomes Chair of the Section in 2019)

Secretary– Lana McDowell,
Term of office ends: 2019

Immediate Past Chair – Joanne Katz,

Executive Counselor – Andy Fulkerson,
Term of office ends: 2019

Executive Counselor –Tim Holler,
Term of office ends: 2019

Executive Counselor – Linda Keena,
Term of office ends: 2020


Outstanding Student Paper Award 2018 – 
Kennedy Cuevas & Patricia Doty for their work "Designing Prisons with a Restorative Backdrop"

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
Those interested in the work of the Restorative and Community Justice section might want to visit the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ) website. NACRJ employs principles of social and restorative justice seeking transformation in the ways justice questions are addressed. It promotes effective forms of justice that are equitable, sustainable and socially constructive. It serves as the parent organization for the biannual National Conference on Restorative Justice and provides members with information resources applicable to restorative and community justice theory and practice.

Photo Gallery:  
Photos from the 2014 Section Meeting in Orlando, FL

Incoming Chair Joanne Katz - Outgoing Chair Morris Jenkins

Joanne Katz - Staggered Term Selection for Advisory Council Members

Linda Keena, Dialogue Editor - Selected for First Staggered Advisory Council Term

ACJS Meeting - Restorative and Community Justice Section