Resources

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

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Restorative Practices in Schools

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Restorative Justice Diverson from Courts

Restorative Practices and Circles

 

Articles and Books

"Defining Restorative" by Ted Wachtel, founder of IIRP

The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding

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.

Colorizing Restorative Justice

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

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

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.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices

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 for 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!

Videos

Restorative Practices in Schools

 

Books

Circle Forward

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.  

Creating Restorative Schools

Martha Brown outlines the path to a holistic restorative culture in schools at every level, including common pitfalls and increasing capacity through ptioritizing relationships.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education

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

Videos

Restorative Justice Diversion from Courts

 

Articles, Books, & Toolkits

"Life Comes from It: Navajo Justice Concepts"

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.

Justice as Healing

Edited by Wanda D. McCaslin, Justice as Healing honors the Indigenous roots of restorative justice and centers Indigenous voices in the conversation.

A Diversion Toolkit for Communities

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. 

Videos