Legislators speak at a criminal justice reform press conference at the Massachusetts State House (left); Representative Sean Garballey and C4RJ Board Members, Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan and Judge John Cratsley (Ret.), along with several C4RJ police supporters, testify at a hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of restorative justice legislation (right).

In the Media

Chronicle on Wcvb Channel 5 — RESTORAtive justice in Massachusetts

This 20-minute piece on restorative justice in Massachusetts, produced in September, 2016, features stories and interviews of participants in MCI Norfolk's Restorative Justice and Responsibility Retreat and in C4RJ's work and provides an overview of legislative efforts to support the growth of restorative justice across the Commonwealth.

C4RJ celebrates 18 years of growth and success!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Arlington Town Hall on Wednesday, April 11th, in support of C4RJ's Expanding the Circle Benefit Event.

A special thanks to our many sponsors, whose generosity and participation made this special night a success: Gold Sponsors Cambridge Savings Bank and Lexington Alarm; Silver Sponsors J.W. Adams Construction, Boston Bruins Foundation, Boston Private Bank, Briones Law Group, Dane Brady & Haydon LLP, Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, Dee Funeral Home, First Parish UU of Arlington Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP; Market Basket, Mirak Automotive Group, Motorola Solutions, Nashawtuc Architects, Retirement Income Advisors LLC; Sue Revis, CRS, CBR, and Wheelhouse at the Bradford Mill; as well as many Bronze and individual sponsors.

For a full list of sponsors, see our Supporters page.

A thank you and acknowledgment of providers of local food and drink and in-kind donors can be found in 
this Letter to the Editor.

For more about the event, see the coverage in the Arlington Advocate, and click to play the video above for a clip of our guest speaker, Attorney General Maura Healey.



If you’re an avid reader, you may have seen pieces covering this work in the press. But in case you missed them, here are a few clippings and releases.

  • "MBTA police leader aims to mend fences as Concord’s chief"
    Boston Globe July 6, 2014. New Concord Police Chief Joseph O'Connor talks about taking on the leadership role and prioritizing positive community policing trends like C4RJ.
  • "A Community-Police Partnership Comes to Wellesley"                                                                                           — Wellesley/Weston Magazine Spring 2014. By Janet Mendelsohn, who became a facilitator and later, a case coordinator, after initially learning about C4RJ in the process of writing the piece.
  • "Malden High School Teams up with C4RJ on Grant Project"
    C4RJ news release Feb. 24, 2014. Pilot will offer restorative practices in a public school setting.
  • "Politics of Atonement"
    Next City Magazine October 2013. Volume 1 / Issue 80. A long-form piece in a national magazine by Dax Devlon-Ross about the progress of restorative justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. C4RJ features prominently in the story, along with many of our peers.
  • “Chief Wetherbee's Long Reach” A two-page spread featuring C4RJ and the Domestic Violence Services Network, two "critical human service agencies" that Chief Wetherbee helped establish during his 33-year career in the Concord Police Department. In the article, Chief Wetherbee states, "[C4RJ] is the most important program I've been involved in during my 33 years here. I wish every resident could see one circle in action...it's phenomenal."
    Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Annual Report 09-10, released September 15, 2010
  • “[Howard] Zehr to Speak…”Concord Journal March 27, 2009
  • “More communities offer victims ‘restorative justice’”
    Boston Globe November 9, 2008