Project on Restorative Justice

Capital Region

Restorative Justice Conference

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

September 20, 2013  9:00am - 4:00pm
Murray Aikens Dining Hall 2nd Floor
Registration fee: $25 (includes lunch)

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. No walk-ins, sorry. We need an accurate count for table and lunch set-up.

All parking lots on the Skidmore College campus are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. All of the RJ events will be held in the Murray Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor (#24 on the map linked below). The closest parking is in the Tower Lot (next to #24), but spaces are limited. Next best are the Palamountain (near #27) and West lots (near #42).            

Campus Map

Co-Sponsored by:

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In this conference, we will explore how restorative justice has become a worldwide social movement and how it has been implemented in a variety of settings including schools, communities, and the criminal justice system. The conference will also be an opportunity for regional networking and planning to strengthen restorative practices in the local area.



Murray Aikins Dining Hall 2nd Floor (see map above)


Welcome: David Karp, Ph.D.

dkDavid is Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Campus Life at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is also Professor of Sociology and his scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. His latest book is
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities.


Introduction to Restorative Justice Principles and Practices:  Danielle Sered, M.A.

dDanielle is the Director of Common Justice, a project of the Vera Institute, which offers an alternative to the traditional court process for youth charged with felonies such as assault, robbery, and burglary. Project staff bring together people immediately affected by a crime to acknowledge the harm done, address the needs of the harmed party, and agree on sanctions other than incarceration to hold the responsible party accountable. The project, based in Brooklyn, New York, seeks to repair harm, break cycles of violence, and decrease the system’s heavy reliance on incarceration.


Panel: Storytelling by RJ Participants--Marie Verzulli, Susan Spang, Cooper Babcock and Grace Zutrau

This panel includes victims and offenders briefly sharing their experiences with RJ in a range of cases from disorderly conduct to robbery to murder.




RJ Case Studies

Conference participants will have a chance to examine the restorative justice process by doing a role play/case study in table groups.


Lunch and Keynote by sujatha baliga, J.D.

sujathasujatha is a Senior Program Specialist at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in Oakland, CA, where she assists communities in implementing restorative justice alternatives to juvenile detention and zero-tolerance school discipline policies. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Paragate Project, an organization dedicated to exploring forgiveness. sujatha’s restorative justice work in a murder case was recently featured in the New York Times.


Panel and Study Circles: Implementing RJ in Schools and Criminal Justice Systems:
Panel Facilitator--
Duke Fisher, Learning Laboratories

David Karp (RJ on College Campuses)
Connie Fenton (RJ in K-12 Schools)
Mark Collins, NYS Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution (RJ in Prisons)
Jonathan Gradess, NYS Defenders Association (RJ and Defendants)
David Soares, Albany County District Attorney (RJ and Community Accountability Boards)

Panelists will provide an overview of how they have worked to implement RJ and answer questions from the audience.




Study Circles

Each table group will discuss a topic focusing on areas of policy and program implementation. Participants can select a table group based on topical interest. Groups will identify action steps to advance their own RJ initiatives.


Table Reports and Closing Words/Closing Circle