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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Intersections: Restorative Justice and Race, An Informational Networking Event

October 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm

This event has reached its capacityHowever, we always expect to have openings at the last minute.

Please register on the waiting list –First Come, First Served!


International Cultural Center

19650 Club House Rd, Montgomery Village, MD (http://www.theicc.net/)

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In preparation for our next conference (November, 2016), CRI is hosting this networking event that will address 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. This event is designed to allow groups such as yours from around the state to share about what they do. Is there natural overlap in our missions? Can we support each other in some way? Our agenda is:

  • Groups Present, Share About their Work
  • CRI Speaker Talks about Restorative Justice Principles and Various Restorative Justice Practices
  • Lunch and Networking
  • Tabletop Discussions by Geographic Area

Attendees will receive a contact list of all present. This event is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Please come and bring your colleagues!

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

*$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  kathyrockefeller@howardcc.edu