Upcoming Events

  • Responding to Harm: Reflective Jail Tour and Intro to Restorative Justice

    Responding to Harm: Reflective Jail Tour and Intro to Restorative Justice

    Date: Wed. April 17, 2024

    • Morning Session: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
    • Afternoon Session: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
    • Evening Session: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Location: Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, 160 Peregory Ln, Charlottesville, VA 22902

    If you have never been in your local jail, now is the time. This tour, led by Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent of the jail, will offer a glimpse at conditions in the jail. Following the tour, a Central Virginia Community Justice representative will facilitate a reflection on the experience, and an introduction to how CVCJ is offering restorative justice as an alternative to incarceration.

    This event is free but requires pre-registration. Please email samh@ejusa.org to reserve a spot. Space is limited!

  • Let’s Talk: A Panel Discussion About Conversations During Conflict

    Let’s Talk: A Panel Discussion About Conversations During Conflict

    Date/Time: Friday, April 19, 2024 10:00am

    Location: CitySpace on the downtown mall. NOTE: “CitySpace” does not show up on Google Maps; use 100 5th Street NE. CitySpace is located at the corner of the downtown mall and 5th Street NE – go up the brick stairs located by the parking garage elevator and through the glass doors.

    When conflict, harm or crime happens, where can those involved get support if they want to talk it through? This panel discussion brings together numerous organizations in Charlottesville who provide support for these conversations. Come to build our community’s conflict-competency by learning what resources are available to you, whether you are in conflict with a landlord, co-parent, neighbor, friend, police officer, or anyone who has hurt or harmed you.

    • Moderator: Eddie Howard, Abundant Life Ministries. Panelists: Erin Campbell, Central Virginia Community Justice; Taylor Frome, Mediation Center of Charlottesville; Inez Gonzalez, Police Civilian Oversight Board; Todd Niemeier, Charlottesville Human Rights Commission & Office of Human Rights; Brian Page, BUCK Squad

    This event is free and does not require pre-registration. Find more information on the Tom Tom Festival website

  • Traffic Violence and Restorative Justice

    Traffic Violence and Restorative Justice

    Date & Time: Tue. April 23, 2024 6:00-7:15pm

    Location: Online

    This event will address the intersection of two of the most powerful (and problematic) systems in our community: transportation and criminal justice. When someone is harmed by traffic violence, how should the legal system respond?

    One approach is primarily punitive/carceral, while another approach downplays the severity of the harm caused. A restorative justice model attempts to avoid the pitfalls of these two approaches and has recently become a criminal diversion option in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

    Erin Campbell, Co-Director of Central VA Community Justice and Shannon Neal, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Albemarle County will discuss this model. We will also hear from the survivor & the driver of a local hit and run case who chose the restorative justice option.

    This presentation is free and open to the public. To register: https://events.humanitix.com/traffic-violence-and-restorative-justice

  • Crime Victims’ Rights Week event

    Crime Victims’ Rights Week event

    Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 5-6pm

    Location: Free Speech Wall, Charlottesville downtown mall

    Stop by the Free Speech Wall to share your ideas for options, services, and hope for survivors of crime and harm. CVCJ staff will be there to hand out chalk, speak with survivors and those who support them, and answer questions about how restorative justice can meet survivors’ needs. All are welcome!

  • CVCJ Office Hours

    CVCJ Office Hours

    Date/Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month (April 9, May 14, June 11), 11:30am-12:30pm

    Location: Region Ten Blue Ridge Center, 100 Burnet St. Charlottesville VA 22902

    Have you been charged with a crime or caused harm to someone and wish there was a way to make amends directly to the person you harmed? Have you been harmed by someone and want support handling the situation outside of the criminal legal system? Do you want to learn more about how CVCJ helps community members direct their own healing and accountability, whether they are involved with the criminal legal system or not? CVCJ provides adults and youth with a way to resolve incidents of harm that is focused on healing, safety, and repair.

    Stop by, enjoy some snacks, and speak with us about our services and if restorative justice may be right for you.

    No registration required. See all of Blue Ridge Center’s programs here.

  • Summer Circles

    Summer Circles

    Date/Time/Location: Stay tuned!

    CVCJ presents a summer series for community members to experience circle processes and the restorative approach. Join us to learn restorative skills and how to apply them to your own life. One session will be held each month, May-August.

    Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when the dates are announced!

Past Events

  • Tomorrow Talks | Restorative Justice in Real Life: A Workshop on Communicating to Repair

    Tomorrow Talks | Restorative Justice in Real Life: A Workshop on Communicating to Repair

    Date & Time: February 21, 6:30-8:30pm

    Location: Tom Tom Foundation, 100 South Street West ##1D Charlottesville, VA 22902

    In this interactive session, Erin Campbell and Rydell Payne from Central Virginia Community Justice will introduce us to restorative frameworks and practices that can strengthen us as individuals and as an interconnected community.

    CVCJ’s restorative justice is used innovatively by Charlottesville and Albemarle’s criminal legal systems, diverting cases away from the courtroom so that crime and harms can be addressed directly by those most impacted. People who have been harmed ask for what they need to heal, and those who are responsible for harm grow by taking action and accountability. Erin and Rydell will share some stories of CVCJ’s powerful work, and how, when we are treated with dignity and given space to reflect, we are more willing to step into accountability and empathy.

    This workshop will introduce “circle process,” a way of slowing down the conversation to hear and share what’s at the heart of the matter. Then, participants will be invited to apply RJ principles to a situation in their own lives. We’ll use journaling, pair share and group share to ponder how RJ can bring healing, repair and safety to situations of harm and conflict happening in our community right now.

    Come prepared for this workshop – bring along your journal and pen!

    All tickets are donation based on a sliding scale ($15 – $35).

    To register & learn more: https://www.tomtomfoundation.org/post/tomorrow-talks-restorative-justice-in-real-life-a-workshop-on-communicating-to-repair

  • From Paradigm to Policy: Transforming Accountability and Public Safety With Restorative Justice

    From Paradigm to Policy: Transforming Accountability and Public Safety With Restorative Justice

    Date: Thursday Jan. 25 & Friday Jan. 26, 2024

    This symposium offers an expansive survey of the touchpoints and tensions of restorative justice (RJ) and the criminal legal system as well as how restorative justice is practiced and implemented in jurisdictions across the nation. Participants will hear from thought leaders in the field, gain access to resources to inform policy decisions and advance restorative practices, and understand the growing restorative justice movement alongside the criminal legal landscape. Hear CVCJ co-director Erin Campbell speak at one of the sessions!

    Learn more and register here: https://www.vera.org/events/from-paradigm-to-policy-transforming-accountability

  • “In the Movement” Podcast with Central Virginia Community Justice

    “In the Movement” Podcast with Central Virginia Community Justice

    July 25, 2023 2:00-3:00pm EST

    Register for this podcast episode to hear two CVCJ facilitators speak with Equal Justice USA about our work.


  • Introducing Central Virginia Community Justice

    Introducing Central Virginia Community Justice

    Date: 4/25/23

    Time: 6:00-7:30 PM ET

    Where: Visible Records, Charlottesville, VA

    Please join us for light refreshments as we introduce Central Virginia Community Justice, an exciting new organization providing restorative justice services in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and the surrounding areas.

    Meet our practitioners, supporters, and program participants to hear about how those involved in harm have led their own accountability and healing. Our highlighted speaker of the night is a survivor who will talk about her experience with the restorative justice process. This will be an evening for building community, learning about restorative justice, and raising funds to support the work. 

    Many thanks to Visible Records for the generous use of their venue.

    Registration May Be Accessed Here

  • VPM’s “Life in the Heart Land”

    VPM’s “Life in the Heart Land”

    Date: 5/4/2023

    Time: 6:30PM ET (Doors Open at 6:00PM)

    Location: Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg VA

    Explore rural Virginians creating community-driven solutions to their toughest challenges This screening will offer a broad view of VPM‘s eight-episode docuseries “Life in the Heart Land.” You won’t see this screening anywhere else! Episode topics include food insecurity, justice reform, recycling plastics, access to broadband, farming, reclaiming Native American identity, and the affordable housing crisis. Join us to celebrate the neighbors, communities and organizations featured in the series and their stories of unique solutions to enhance their communities. Following the screening, producers from Deep Structure Productions and folks featured in the series will have a deeper conversation about how they are tackling these challenges and how you can help.

    Website: https://courtsquaretheater.org/event/vpms-life-in-the-heart-land/

    Tickets: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfT2nXw9Wn7XOiWjFvy6rnPuacNIL6Oa9Xd8lynfdWfvFMpvA/viewform

  • Act Justly, Love Mercy: Exploring the Heart of Equal Justice

    Act Justly, Love Mercy: Exploring the Heart of Equal Justice

    Date: 3/28/23

    Time: 7:00PM ET

    Where: John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, VA

    This remarkable event will feature Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and author of the acclaimed book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. He will speak on the spiritual sources that empower his lifelong commitment to transformative acts of justice and mercy. An on-stage conversation with UVA President Jim Ryan will follow the lecture.

    Central Virginia Community Justice is co-hosting this event.

    For More Information and Tickets Visit The Event Website