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Restorative justice has been around for about 30 years in the U.S. Even the most astute scholars have trouble keeping up with the prolific literature now in the field. Here, we offer you a few leads if you’re eager to learn more. Don’t hesitate to if you need more help or direction. Some of these listings are available for loan from the C4RJ library.

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Between Vengeance and Forgiveness, Martha Minow (1998). A text that explores the potential of alternative justice in situations of mass violence.

Beyond Conviction, DVD, 97 minutes (2006). An eye-opening look at a pioneering justice program in which victims of violent crimes meet face-to-face with their perpetrators. The film follows three pairs of survivors and perpetrators as they go through this emotionally intense program. A rare glimpse into the lingering pain, questions and regrets for both sides as well as the bold path to better understanding. A preview trailer is available here.

Burning Bridges, DVD, 35 minutes. A documentary about the arson of Mood’s Bridge, an historic covered bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, and the restorative conference held in its wake. A preview is available here.

Changing Lenses, Howard Zehr (1990/2005). A pioneer text laying out the theoretical framework of restorative justice.

The Expanding Prison, David Cayley (1998). An exploration of the “crisis” in crime, punishment methods in the West, and a proposal of alternatives to imprisonment.

For Skeptics and Idealists: More on what Restorative Justice is not A review of common misconceptions about restorative justice. Click here to read more.

Getting Started in Restorative Justice: A Guide for New England, produced by The Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University in 2005. This brief guide describes how four restorative justice initiatives got started in the region. C4RJ's work in Concord is featured on pg. 6. Authors identify key stages of development and tasks accomplished at each stage.

Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice, Belinda Hopkins. A comprehensive review of restorative practices in a school setting.

The Little Book of Family Group Conferences New Zealand Style, Allan MacRae. A brief explanation of a restorative justice process that has become the first line of crime response for young people in New Zealand.

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Judy H. Mullet (2005). A brief text outlining how restorative justice can be applied in a school setting.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Howard Zehr (2004). A slim volume explaining restorative justice in simple terms.

The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice, Daniel Reisel. A TED Talk given in February 2013. Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice) in the UK. And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality? Mention of restorative justice around the 11:07 mark.


Restorative Justice, Susan Sharpe (1998). An excellent manual linking principles with practice.

Taking Victims and Their Advocates Seriously: A Listening Project. Henry Mika et al (2001). A report resulting from a conversation between RJ practitioners/ theorists and the "victim community." A helpful reminder to keep victims and those affected by crime firmly "in the frame."


Why Me is a UK-based, victim-driven organization seeking to promote the use of restorative justice in criminal matters. Click here for a powerful 10-minute video of the founder, Will Riley, and the man who broke into his home, Peter Woolf. (Incidentally, Mr. Riley is the cousin of one of our former volunteers at C4RJ!)

Working with and within the Criminal Justice System, a Webinar.

Guests are two seasoned criminal justice professionals and long-time restorative justice advocates and practitioners. The webinar explores possibilities and challenges when applying restorative justice with and within the criminal justice system. Both guests are advocates of collaborative relationships between the system and communities and this will be part of the discussion as well. Fred Van Liew is the director of mediation services for Employee and Family Resources in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has a small consulting firm, Restorative Justice Services. Leonard Wetherbee is the chief of police at the Moultonborough (N.H.) Police Department. He worked in the Concord (Mass.) Police Dept. for 33 years—17 years as chief of police—and is our co-founder here at C4RJ! (Duration: 1 hour 26 minutes)



Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
Central Virginia Restorative Justice
Howard Zehr Personal Blog on Restorative Justice Topics
International Institute for Restorative Practice
Juvenile Court Restorative Justice Diversion
KW Consultancy & Training Ltd. (UK)
Restorative Justice Consortium (UK)
Transforming Conflict: National Centre for Restorative Justice in Youth Settings (UK)
Victim Offender Mediation Association

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