About KCRJ

"Kentucky Center for Restorative Justice (KCRJ) was founded in November, 2011, to build a dynamic and innovative social and restorative justice center using community and restorative justice process in the courts, schools, prisions, and communties. Using education, litigation, restorative processes and other forms of advocacy and collaboration, the Center works toward the day when the ideal of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. KCRJ works to eliminate hate and bigotry and seeks justice for the most vulnerable citizens of Kentucky." (Diana Queen, Founder)

If restorative justice is to reach its full potential in Kentucky, we must integrate it into our everyday lives. By embedding restorative processes practices and language into key areas of our lives, it can make a difference. We work with  community leaders, individuals, families, schools, workplaces, and all areas of the criminal justice system. 

KCRJ functions independently but cohesively with the community-at-large by:

  • Implementing Innovative Restorative Practices
  • Training Mediators & Facilitators
  • Educating Professionals
  • Providing Restorative Conferencing and Circle Processes 


 KCRJ acts as a hub for collaboration from around the state.

Facts to Consider:

  • Our clients are both users and effective resources for juvenile justice services.
  • Conflict-free environments are created by integrating restorative justice solutions in place of juvenile detention, zero-tolerance school discipline policies and incarceration.
  • Conflict-free environments create happier and more efficient work places and, ultimately, healthier communities.

We provide leadership to:

  • People of the Commonwealth
  • Communities throughout the Bluegrass
  • National International Communities within the Commonwealth
  • Schools, Colleges, Universities
  • Businesses
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Community Organizations
  • Law Enforcement
  • Judiciary
  • Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Probation and Corrections

KCRJ believes:

  • Prevention is the best deterrent for conflict and crime.
  • Community Justice models work! 
  • Restorative practices can provide that deterrent for conflict and crime as it gets to the root of the issue
  • Shared responsibility is imperative for building a positive social culture.
  • Now is the time!


KCRJ dedicates this website to you, a citizen and leader of Kentucky, as a means of networking, learning, sharing, and connecting with others who share a common interest in restorative justice and keeping up-to-date on training, technical assistance, and other resources and practices inside and outside Kentucky. Stay informed! Get involved!

If you think conflict is hard, try restorative justice. It will make a difference.

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