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.

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Maryland’s 6th Restorative Justice Conference!

Registration Table on the Fourth Floor of the Rouse Company Foundation (RCF) Building – Enter building and take elevator to 4th floor

November 17 – 18, 2016

Howard Community College

Registration after September 1, 2016: $135

Conference GoalsTo increase understanding and awareness about restorative justice and to promote restorative principles, practices, and initiatives for communities, organizations, institutions and individuals.

This year’s conference will feature:

  • 2 Full days of programs and workshops (Click here to see 2016 Workshop Offerings!)
  • Special attention to the intersections of race and restorative justice programs/practices
  • Workshop tracks for Criminal Justice, Schools, Higher Education, and Community practices
  • Keynote address and workshop with Nancy Riestenberg
  • Film screening & Panel Discussion
  • Breakfast and Lunch included on both conference days

Registration Now Open: Click Here to Register


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  kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu

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 Annie at  ahilb@howardcc.edu