Hungry for more Restorative Practices and more Restorative Justice? We've gathered some of our favorite books, guides, videos, and articles from authors, organizations, and programs that we really admire. Take a look!
Restorative Practices and Circles
Articles and Books
"Defining Restorative" by Ted Wachtel, founder of IIRP
The Little Books from The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) give short introductions and key concepts from the proader peacebuilding field. For more on restorative justice and circles, we recommend The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr, The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania E. Davis, and The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis.
Edited by Edward C. Valandra, Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla, Colorizing Restorative Justice is a collection of essays from practitioners and scholars in the field working to decolonize restorative practices as they are commonly practiced here in the United States.
Other Organizations and Programs
Amplify RJ is a great resource for people interested in learning more about Restorative Justice and what it means for our daily lives. Check out their website or follow them on Instagram (@Amplify.rj) to learn more about "the origins, philosophy, practices, and values of Restorative Justice," take part in one of their workshops, or connect with a national and international community of practicioners. Also, check out their podcast This Restorative Justice Life hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris.
Living Justice Press is a nonprofit publisher, publishing books by restorative justice practitioners working in different contexts. In addition to the books they publish, they offer great resources for circle keeping, and also have an extensive list of other organizations and resources of their own.
IIRP is a graduate school educating professionals about and researching Restorative Preactices. Their resources pages contain their most recent research, toolkits, articles, and evidence about Restorative Justice.
The Zehr Institute sees Restorative Justice as more than a set of practices, but a social movement. They host spaces and make connections to share the most recent developments in the RJ field. Check out their monthly webinars!
Restorative Practices in Schools
Circle Forward is a phenomenal resource for educators using or introducing circles and other restorative practices into their classrooms and schools. The guide outlines circle processes, and includes step-by-step instructions and a plethora of circle outlines. The 2020 Revised Edition also includes a module specific to conversations about race in the classroom.
Martha Brown outlines the path to a holistic restorative culture in schools at every level, including common pitfalls and increasing capacity through ptioritizing relationships.
Another book from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding's Little Book series, The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education is "a handbook for teachers and administrators on creating just and equitable learning environments for students; building and maintaining healthy relationships; healing harm and transforming conflict."
Toolkits and Guides
Restorative Justice Diversion from Courts
Articles, Books, & Toolkits
Robert Yazzie, then Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation, outlines the Navajo system of law. This article, comparing the US court system with Navajo traditions is a foundational text of the restorative justice movement in the United States.
Edited by Wanda D. McCaslin, Justice as Healing honors the Indigenous roots of restorative justice and centers Indigenous voices in the conversation.
Impact Justice's Restorative Justice Project created this fantastic toolkit to help communities create restorative justice diversion programs. The toolkit begins with an in-depth exploration of restorative justice diversion and why it is so important.
Other Organizations and Programs
These organizations generously donated their time and knowledge to us as we work to strengthen RJ diversion in Buffalo (Thank you!). They are phenomenal examples of RJ diversion at work, so check them out.