Shaking the Foundations: Colorizing Restorative Justice

Thursday, October 29, 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM [EST]

Colorizing Restorative JusticeJoin the Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI) for Maryland for a panel discussion with the co-authors of new book Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities. The panelists will include Baltimore’s very own Barbara Sherrod, Restorative Practices Program Director with Restorative Response Baltimore (RRB). Click here to register: Shaking the Foundations

Christianne Paras, Executive Director, Restorative Justice Association of British Columbia.
Edward Charles Valandra, Senior Editor, Living Justice Press
Barbara Sherrod, Restorative Practices Program Director, Restorative Response Baltimore

Stay tuned for opportunities to be restorative virtually!

Maryland’s 8th Restorative Justice Conference: Postponed

October 29-30, 2020

Shaking the Foundations: Challenging and Transforming How We Build Community

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)



Maryland’s 7th Restorative Justice Conference was a success!!


November 8 – 9, 2018

Featured Speakers:

Alonzo T. Washington, Maryland House of Delegates

Dr. Carl Stauffer, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

Stephanie Briggs, Community College of Baltimore County

Pre-Conference Institute: Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools District-Wide – SOLD OUT!

Thursday Morning, November 8, 2018

Featured Speaker: David Yusem, Oakland Unified School District

David will discuss the last 12 years of RJ implementation at Oakland Unified School District including lessons learned, successes, and challenges. Learn about the OUSD RJ model and rollout across the district. Come prepared to interact and learn, and share in this hands on experiential workshop!

New Location: University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)!

Proudly presented by the Circle of Restorative Initiatives (CRI), a statewide network promoting restorative principles, practices and initiatives throughout Maryland.

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact cjconsulting@comcast.net


Maryland’s 6th Restorative Justice Conference was another success!


Panel Opens Conference

CAFE Students and Artistic Director, Josanne Francis

CAFE Students and Artistic Director, Josanne Francis

Grim Jackson WOWS! Original Poetry

Grim Jackson WOWS! Original Poetry



The Circle of Restorative Initiatives for Maryland (CRI) is a not-for-profit, statewide group, run by volunteers. CRI organizes Maryland’s Restorative Justice Conference every other year, and one smaller event to promote Restorative Initiatives during the off-conference years. We meet on the second Friday of every month, from 10am – 12pm, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

There is no cost to join CRI, and all are welcome to attend our meetings. We are a fun and eclectic group from many walks of life who share a deep belief that Restorative Principles offer a missing link to connectedness in many arenas.  Please consider joining us as we work to support our mission. Hope to see you at our next meeting!

If you are unable to join CRI right now, we always accept donations to allow us to continue our work. Contact our fiscal sponsor, Fusion Partnerships, Baltimore, MD at fusiongroup.org.  To contact a member of CRI, CRI4MD@gmail.com


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 ConferenceIntersections Event 2015 crowd, 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.

If you are not on CRI’s e-mail distribution list, and wish to be notified about our events, send request to be added to  CRI4MD@gmail.com

2014 rj conf
CRI’s 5th Restorative Justice Conference


(November, 2014)

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 ramara schiffcial 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!

Registration is Closed*

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

 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 CRI4maryalnd@gmail.com