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 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 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.
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!
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.
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
Fix School Discipline: How we can fix school discipline toolkit for educators
Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles
Restorative Practices: Fostering healthy relationships & promoting positive discipline in schools
Restorative Practice Research Project
Transforming School Discipline Collaborative (TSDC)Toolkit for Transformation
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.
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.
Syracuse Peacemaking Project, Syracuse, NY
Red Hook Community Justice Center, Brooklyn, NY
Center for Youth and Family Advocacy, Arlington, VA
Center for Conflict Resolution, Kansas City, MO
Resources from our Trainings
Day 1 Resources
Dorothy Vaandering's Social Relationship Window
Joe Brummer on Affective Statements
Adverse Childhood Experiences from the CDC
Day 2 Resources
Other Training Resources
A Call for Restorative Justice in Higher Education Judicial Affairs
Clark, K. L. (2014). A Call for Restorative Justice in Higher Education Judicial Affairs. College Student Journal, 48(4), 707–715.
The Devil Is in the Details: Exploring Restorative Justice As an Option for Campus Sexual Assault Responses Under Title IX
Cyphert, Amy, The Devil Is in the Details: Exploring Restorative Justice As an Option for Campus Sexual Assault Responses Under Title IX (2018). Denver Law Review, Vol. 96, No. 1, 2018, WVU College of Law Research Paper No. 2019-007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3333821
The Promise of Restorative Practices to Transform Teacher-Student Relationships and Achieve Equity in School Discipline
Anne Gregory, Kathleen Clawson, Alycia Davis & Jennifer Gerewitz (2016) "The Promise of Restorative Practices to Transform Teacher-Student Relationships and Achieve Equity in School Discipline," Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 26:4, 325-353, DOI: 10.1080/10474412.2014.929950
Student conduct, restorative justice, and student development: findings from the STARR project: a student accountability and restorative research project
Karp, David & Sacks, Casey. (2014). Student conduct, restorative justice, and student development: findings from the STARR project: a student accountability and restorative research project. Contemporary Justice Review. 17. 10.1080/10282580.2014.915140.
Student Conduct and Policy Violations: Gender-Aware Restorative Justice Practice
Klobassa, Vern & Laker, Jason. (2018). Student Conduct and Policy Violations: Gender-Aware Restorative Justice Practice: Student Conduct and Policy Violations. New Directions for Student Services. 2018. 51-61. 10.1002/ss.20283.
Can restorative practices in schools make a difference?
Mccluskey, Gillean & Lloyd, Gwynedd & Kane, Jean & Riddell, Sheila & Stead, Joan & Weedon, Elisabet. (2008). Can restorative practices in schools make a difference?. Educational Review - EDUC REV. 60. 10.1080/00131910802393456.
A Case Study of the Implementation of Restorative Justice in a Middle School
Jo Lauren Weaver & Jacqueline M. Swank (2020) A Case Study of the Implementation of Restorative Justice in a Middle School, RMLE Online, 43:4, 1-9, DOI: 10.1080/19404476.2020.1733912
Restorative mediation: the application of restorative justice practice and philosophy to clergy sexual abuse cases
Noll DE, Harvey L. Restorative mediation: the application of restorative justice practice and philosophy to clergy sexual abuse cases. J Child Sex Abus. 2008;17(3-4):377-96. doi: 10.1080/10538710802330021. PMID: 19042607.
Criminal Legal System
Family group conferences in child welfare: the fit with restorative justice
Connolly, Marie. (2009). Family group conferences in child welfare: the fit with restorative justice. Contemporary Justice Review. 12. 309-319. 10.1080/10282580903105822.
A qualitative exploration of the experience of restorative approaches in a forensic mental health setting
Cook, Andy & Drennan, Gerard & Callanan, Margie. (2015). A qualitative exploration of the experience of restorative approaches in a forensic mental health setting. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. 26. 1-22. 10.1080/14789949.2015.1034753.
Restorative Justice in Domestic Violence Cases
Roni Elias, Restorative Justice in Domestic Violence Cases, 9 DePaul J. for Soc. Just. 67 (2016)
Implementing restorative justice in police departments
Leanne Fiftal Alarid & Carlos D. Montemayor (2012) Implementing restorative justice in police departments, Police Practice and Research, 13:5, 450-463, DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2011.607654
Restorative Practices in Institutional Settings and at Release: Victim Wrap Around Programs
Henderson Hurley, Martha. (2009). Restorative practices in institutional settings and at release: Victim wrap around programs. 73. 16-22.
The use of restorative practices to reduce prison gang violence: Lessons on transforming cultures of violence
Nowotny, Jordan & Carrara, Maristela. (2019). "The use of restorative practices to reduce prison gang violence: Lessons on transforming cultures of violence." Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 36. 131 - 144. 10.1002/crq.21237.
Bringing Race Relations Into the Restorative Justice Debate: An Alternative and Personalized Vision of “the Other”
Gavrielides, T. (2014). Bringing Race Relations Into the Restorative Justice Debate: An Alternative and Personalized Vision of “the Other.” Journal of Black Studies, 45(3), 216–246. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021934714526042
Using restorative justice to resolve historical injustices of Indigenous peoples
Meredith Gibbs (2009) Using restorative justice to resolve historical injustices of Indigenous peoples, Contemporary Justice Review, 12:1, 45-57, DOI: 10.1080/10282580802681725
A Restorative Approach to Interpersonal Racial Conflict
Mikhail Lyubansky & Dominic Barter (2011) A Restorative Approach to Interpersonal Racial Conflict, Peace Review, 23:1, 37-44, DOI: 10.1080/10402659.2011.548248