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RJ Resources

RESOURCES on RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: (*Check back often as we are working on adding all sites related to our guests and their significant work plus a state and global directory)



Living Justice Press is a great resource for a multitude of books. You might also appreciate the entire "Little Book" Series which includes a few of the titles below.


Great "101" Books:

The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools by Lorraine Stutzman-Amstutz

The Little Book of Circle Processes by Kay Pranis


General and Highly Recommended:

Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy,Promote Healing & Build Healthy Relationships by Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis

Teaching Peace: A Restorative Justice Framework for Strengthening Relationships by Beverly Title, Ph.D


For Schools (more in depth):

Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice by Belinda Hopkins



Restorative Justice and related topics in Film/Multimedia:

A Healing River-Trailer

Fambul Tok

The Final Gift

The Interrupters

Short Film from UK

Unlikely Friends


Educational Videos/Accounts From Restorative Justice Online

IBARJ's Compilation of Media Resources at ScoopIt



What is Restorative Justice? from the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project. Great outline for "RJ 101"!

Restorative Justice Shows Astonishing Results

from Restorative Justice on The Rise/The Peace Alliance

Prison Facts: The Costs from CCJC, excellent overview of cost-savings when using RJ vs. Punitive systems

A Tale of Two Schools: Zero Tolerance vs. Restorative System from the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign (OTL)

The Cost of Incarcerating a Child For Life from the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Slide Presentation

Bazemore Principles Of Restorative Justice from Siddharth Nath

Organizations & Education:

       Beyond Bars

        C4RJ (Communities for Restorative Justice, based in Concord, MA)

Restorative Circles and Implementation, and the work of Dominic Barter

Living Justice Press  a Non-Profit Publisher for RJ

Restorative Justice Online a comprehensive web portal for all aspects of RJ

Eastern Mennonite University-Restorative Justice

Prison Fellowship International

Pikes Peak Restorative Justice Council & May 2013 Symposium

Howard Zehr, Pioneer of RJ & Professor, EMU, Blog

Resolutions Northwest (Oregon and beyond)

Community Conferencing Center of Baltimore

International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP)

Restorative Justice Colorado


Longmont Community Justice Partnership of Longmont, CO. Series Guest Speaker Deb Witzel is Executive Director.

River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding

State of Minnesota DOC Resources including the work of Kay Pranis

Sawbonna: Justice as Lived Experience  A Thesis Paper by series guest speaker Margot Van Sluytman



NW Justice Forum: "Bridging the Divide" (Ellensburg, WA) June 17-19 2014

RJ Online Events Listings


Restorative Justice Legislature/Bills in the U.S.

HB 11-1032 Law, Colorado (passed 5/2011)

HB 13-1254 Law, Colorado (passed 5/2013)

HB 2192 Introduced, Oregon

SB 52, now SB 2078 Introduced, MA (in Senate Ways and Means as of 5/2014)

Youth PROMISE Act The Youth PROMISE Act (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) is bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1318 & S. 1307) that will give our communities the support and funding they need to effectively address youth violence issues. National Programs Factsheet




A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting

by Andrea Brenneke, TIKKUN Magazine, Feb. 2012

Restorative Justice a big Success, police say

The Bolton News, March 5 2013

American Justice: For Profit Prisons or Truth?

By Molly Rowan Leach, Huffington Post, Feb. 21, 2013 

Can Forgiveness play a Role in Criminal Justice?

By Paul Tullis, New York Times, January 2013

The Day the Jail Walls Cracked: A Restorative Plea Deal

By Sujatha Baliga, TIKKUN Magazine, January 2012

Justice: Retribution or Restoration?

By Dr. Howard Zehr, Peacework, April 1999

Six Boys, One Cop and the Road to Restorative Justice

By Molly Rowan Leach, YES! Magazine Online repost of original Open Democracy piece, 1/14/14



Featured Resource Videos:

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth: An Introduction


A Healing River: Trailer



Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles:





Officer Greg Ruprecht of the Longmont, Colorado Police Department does a 180 from doubting Restorative Justice to wholeheartedly believing in its efficacy:



Rep. Pete Lee, (CO) on the power of Restorative Justice (watch here)



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