Welcome to the home of CRI: Circle of Restorative Initiatives for Maryland.
Our mission is to serve as a statewide network to promote restorative principles, practices and initiatives for communities, organizations and individuals throughout Maryland.
Get Ready for our Next Event:
Maryland’s 6th Restorative Justice Conference!
November 17 – 18, 2016
Howard Community College
Conference Goals: To increase understanding and awareness about restorative justice and to promote restorative principles, practices, and initiatives for communities, organizations, institutions and individuals.
CALL FOR CONFERENCE PRESENTERS – Applications Due by May 1, 2016
CRI invites proposals for 90-minute workshops for Maryland’s 6th Restorative Justice Conference, at Howard Community College, Nov. 17 & 18, 2016. We hope to attract participants from the following disciplines: juvenile justice, education, victim services, human services, law, faith communities, criminal justice, mental health, youth, corrections and re-entry services, non-profit organizations, and community members. We seek presenters who possess strong knowledge in restorative justice processes and who will present topics that foster a clear understanding and increased skills in restorative justice. Special attention will be given to proposals that explore the intersections between restorative justice and race. Proposals will be selected based on relevance to intended audience, clarity, originality and cultural diversity. Up to two named presenters for each workshop may receive the reduced registration rate of $25.00. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
All workshop proposals must be submitted using the following link by May 1, 2016:
Registration Opens May 1, 2016
Our last event was a big success, thanks to all who came! Check it out…
Intersections: Restorative Justice and Race, An Informational Networking Event
October 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm; International Cultural Center (http://www.theicc.net/)
In preparation for our November, 2016 Conference, CRI hosted this networking event to explore intersections of race and restorative justice across professional fields like social work, conflict resolution, criminal and juvenile justice, corrections, and education.
Restorative Justice Principles include dialogue, mutuality, and community engagement. We believe that people know best what works in their own community.
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CRI’s successful, every-other-year conference has become a must-attend Maryland event, drawing from the fields of education, juvenile justice, social work, corrections, and conflict resolution.
This year’s featured speakers included: Lauren Abramson, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, Lou Geiszl, Assistant State Court Administrator for Programs at the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts, and Dr. Mara Schiff, Associate Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, and founding member of the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice, currently studying the intersection of restorative justice and racial justice.
The conference was again hosted by Howard Community College’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution Center, and this year attendees enjoyed HCC’s exquisite Monteabaro Recital Hall for a screening of National Geographic’s “Fixing Juvie Justice,” about Baltimore Community Conferencing Center’s successful adaptation of New Zealand’s Maori conferencing model to address juvenile crime. (www.communityconferencingcenter.org)
Participants chose from 23 diverse workshops about the ways restorative practices are being used to improve our communities and schools and the way that we address crime. If you missed it, you really missed a good one! Keep an eye out for our next one in 2016!
November 6 – 7, 2014
Maryland’s 5th Restorative Justice Conference
Expanded Conference! Sessions & Events offered Thursday and Friday!
Featured Speaker: Mara Schiff, Ph.D., Author of “Dignity, Disparity and Desistance: Can Restorative Justice Plug the ‘’School-to-Prison Pipeline’ and Minimize Disciplinary Disproportionality in Schools?” Dr Schiff is a practitioner of Restorative Practices across several Florida county school districts, and she recently served as the “Restorative Justice Subject Matter Expert” at the School Justice Partnership Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., a join effort of the Departments of Justice and Education.
Featured Speaker: Lou Gieszl, Ph.D. Lou is Maryland’s Assistant State Court Administrator for Programs. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore’s Master’s Degree Program on Negotiations and Conflict Management and at the University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Department of Public Policy. Lou served for many years as Deputy Executive Director of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO).
Film and Panel: “Fixing Juvie Justice” National Geographic’s Recent Documentary on Baltimore’s Community Conferencing Center’s Groundbreaking Partnership with the Juvenile Justice System and its New Zealand Maori Origins
*$100 per person if registered by June 30, 2014; $125 per person from July 1 – October 24, 2014; $140 from October 24 – November 6, 2014. Registration Fee includes all activities for both days, including lunches. * If you are not on CRI’s e-mail distribution list, and wish to be notified when registration opens for this and other events, send request to be added to firstname.lastname@example.org.