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West Virginia Restorative Justice Summit 2024 in Buckhannon to feature art exhibits, keynote, exhibitors and over 30 break out sessions

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Restorative Justice Project has announced the upcoming  West Virginia Restorative Justice Summit, scheduled for June 14-15, 2024, at West Virginia Wesleyan  College in Buckhannon. This event will bring together diverse voices working to understand the challenges of persons interacting with education, legal, and other institutions and how restorative justice may helpmeet those challenges. 

Exhibitors and Art Exhibits 

The summit will feature two compelling art exhibits: “Inside Out: Incarceration” and “Still Doing Life.”  “Still Doing Life features the photographs of restorative justice author Howard Zehr and narratives edited  by Barb Towes. Both authors will participate via videoconference to answer questions about their exhibit.  Information about this exhibit can be found at https://thenewpress.com/books/still-doing-life. “Inside Out:  Incarceration” features work from inmates in Huttonsville Correctional Center, the Mount Olive Correction Campus, and the Work Camp, among other institutions. 

The event will highlight several engaging exhibitors bringing diverse voices to the restorative justice  community. These include the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, West Virginia Healing Home,  West Virginia University College of Law, Living Justice Press, and Libera. Attendees will be able to  explore these exhibits and engage with these organizations. 

Keynote Speaker and Sessions 

The summit will feature Valerie Slater, Executive Director of the RISE for Youth Coalition, as the keynote  speaker. Slater will provide valuable insights into innovative approaches for addressing systemic challenges  youth in the justice system face. Other notable speakers include Jim Nolan, a professor at West Virginia  University, and Federal Magistrate Judge Michael John Aloi, who will share their expertise on restorative justice and its applications. 

Event Details 

The summit will offer over 30 breakout sessions covering various aspects of restorative justice in schools, courts, and communities. Lawyers, peer recovery specialists, and licensed professional counselors may be eligible to receive continuing education credits. The event will also include a live music performance by Lua Flora, providing attendees with a relaxing and enjoyable evening. 

For more information, please visit the West Virginia Restorative Justice Project. 

About the West Virginia Restorative Justice Project 

The West Virginia Restorative Justice Project promotes restorative justice principles and practices  throughout the state. Through education, advocacy, and community engagement, the project aims to  transform the justice system into one that prioritizes healing, accountability, and reconciliation. 

For media inquiries, please contact Mackenzie Collins, Conference Coordinator. Email:  [email protected] or by telephone at 304-728-3660. 

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