National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum to host Restorative Justice conversation

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“Restorative Justice – Does it Work?” scheduled for January 16

WASHINGTON – The National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum will explore the topic of restorative justice on Thursday, January 16, 2020, in the Museum in Washington, D.C. A reception begins at 6 pm, followed by the panel discussion at 7 pm.

The press and public are invited to attend this informative evening as a panel of law enforcement, judicial, and social services experts weigh in on how restorative justice programs impact communities and whether they contribute to or reduce the number of repeat offenders. They’ll explore how restorative justice programs impact crime victims and whether these programs lead to meaningful dialogue and recovery. Attendees will also hear from a crime victim as well as someone who has completed a restorative justice program.

Panelists and speakers for this informative discussion are slated to include:

  • Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia
  • Robert (Roman) Haferd, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Lashonia Thompson-El, Co-Chief of Violence Reduction, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
  • Sergeant Aaron Rudolph, Washington Metropolitan Police Department
  • Police Chief Henry (Hank) Stawinski, Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Jodie Fleischer, NBC4 investigative reporter will serve as moderator  

Thompson-El, a Washington, D.C. native, will share her personal story of incarceration, rehabilitation, and re-entry. She is currently a restorative justice facilitator. Thompson-El and the panelists will be available for questions at the conclusion of the panel discussion.

“We believe this is a timely topic for us to explore,” said National Law Enforcement Museum CEO Marcia Ferranto. “One of our core missions is to provide a platform for dialogue that we hope will help strengthen the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Stronger relationships ultimately lead to safer communities, and that benefits us all.”  

Restorative Justice – Does it Work? is sponsored by Target as part of the National Law Enforcement Museum’s ongoing Conversations series. The public is invited to attend with $10 discounted admission. Please note that seating is limited.

For media access, please contact Robyn Small at 202-737-8524.


About the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum
Authorized by Congress in 2000, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building tells the story of American law enforcement by providing visitors a “walk in the shoes” experience along with educational journeys, immersive exhibitions, and insightful programs. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit

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