Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) listens to victims, holds offenders accountable, and restores trust in communities. Our volunteer-led “circle” dialogue is called restorative justice. It’s personal. It’s powerful. And it’s why C4RJ is a proven, effective option within the justice system.


C4RJ’s volunteers and supporters are excited to be part of the momentum for restorative justice in Massachusetts:

  • More partners: The number of cities and towns that partner with C4RJ through their police departments has grown to 24, with more expressing interest. C4RJ serves additional communities via the Middlesex and Suffolk County District Attorney’s diversion programs.

  • Higher visibility: Attorney General Healey, speaking at our recent benefit event, praised C4RJ’s advocacy for restorative justice statewide.

  • Statewide option: Governor Baker signed criminal justice reform legislation in April, 2018 that makes restorative justice an option for resolving criminal matters in the Commonwealth’s courts.


C4RJ’s next volunteer facilitator training will be held May 3-4, 2019 in Government Center, Boston.

If you’re interested in the training, please complete the online form on our website at or email Program Director Ashley Bentley at or call (617) 818-1377 to learn more.

We’ll be meeting prospective volunteers in Boston on April 18th to discuss the training. If you’d like to meet then, please email Ashley Bentley at or call (617) 818-1377.