Who We Are and What We Do

"IBARJ has done a tremendous job of spreading the word about Restorative Justice. Because of this network, I am connected to statewide leaders who are shifting the way we see how we treat each other. Thank you IBARJ for all you do!"
Robert Spicer, Culture and Climate Specialist Christian Fenger High School


The Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project (IBARJ) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to expand and sustain the availability of balanced and restorative justice practices and programs for citizens of Illinois through leadership, education, and promotion. We are a vibrant network of professionals, volunteers, and organizations working locally, regionally, and statewide to create safer communities and schools, support victims, and improve pro-social skills and positive outcomes for Illinois youth. Our collaborative network includes leaders in juvenile justice, schools, social services, corporations, small businesses, communities, and faith-based organizations.

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  • Introduce the public to interventions that assist restoration of harm, change delinquent behaviors, and create safe communities
  • Provide training in restorative justice (RJ) practices and sustain them with ongoing coaching and technical assistance
  • Improve outcomes for youth who are involved with delinquency, from prevention to early intervention, sentencing, and reentry
  • Collaborate with schools to implement RJ practices that create relationships and improve discipline measures and school climate
  • Develop and apply assessment tools for evaluation
  • Provide technical assistance for professionals and communities that use restorative practices
  • Provide information and educational opportunities through this website, social media sites, and a listserv representing a statewide network of restorative practitioners
Co-Directors: Ellyn Ahmer & Nancy Michaels
Email to: ibarj.reachout@gmail.com
Phone: 520.456.4366 or 708.899.7927
Physical address: 1535 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61104