Restorative Justice Resources

If you are interested in learning more about restorative justice, please see the links below. 

A brief introduction to the theory and practice of restorative justice, and some cutting edge applications, can be found here.

This is sujatha’s recent keynote at Yale Law School’s Rebellious Lawyering annual public interest, and gives background information on restorative justice and its many applications.

This webinar for the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention looks at the nexus of restorative justice and disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system (using restorative justice to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice).

This New York Times article takes a look at how restorative justice can play in homicide cases as a part of the plea negotiation process. This Today episode discusses how the family in that case chose restorative justice. On July 28, 2011, sujatha spoke about how restorative justice was used in this homicide case in a pre-plea context on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

This host of webinars from the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice explores how restorative justice can be used in a number of different contexts and to address various social and cultural issues.

This talk, given at Berkeley Law, provides information on the relationship between meditation, restorative justice, and forgiveness. This is a shorter version, prepared for lawyers and legal academics interested in mindfulness.  

This less-recent PowerPoint presentation/talk she gave at the Northeastern University School of Law, while somewhat outdated in its data, gives background information on restorative justice and its many applications.

Finally, this brilliant talk was given by Howard Zehr, and is geared toward those with some knowledge/practice in restorative justice. 

Amstutz, L. S. (2009). The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing. Intercourse, PA: Good Books. 

Boyes-Watson, C. (2008). Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press.

Boyes-Watson, C., & Pranis, K. (2010). Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships. Boston, MA: Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University.

Braithwaite, J. (2002). Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Clear, T. R., & Karp, D. R. (1999). The Community Justice Ideal: Preventing Crime and Achieving Justice. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Galaway, B., & Hudson, J. (Eds.). (1996). Restorative Justice: International Perspectives. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Herman, S. (2010). Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime. Washington, DC: National Center for Victims of Crime.

Johnstone, G. (Ed.). (2003). A Restorative Justice Reader: Texts, Sources, Context. Portland, OR: Willan Publishing.

Lederach, J. P. (2003). The Little Book of Conflict Transformation. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

Magnani, L., & Wray, H. L. (2006). Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press.

Ross, R. (2006). Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice (2nd ed.). Toronto, Ontario: Penguin Group.

Sawatsky, J. (2009). The Ethic of Traditional Communities and the Spirit of Healing Justice: Studies From Hollow Water, the Iona Community, and Plum Village. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Schwartz, S., & Boodell, D. (2009). Dreams From the Monster Factory. New York, NY: Scribner.

Strong, K. H., & Van Ness, D. W. (2002). Restoring Justice (2nd ed.). Cincinnati, OH: Anderson Publishing Co.

Toews, B. (2006). The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

Yantzi, M. (1998). Sexual Offending and Restoration. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.

Zehr, H. (2002). The Little Book of Restorative Justice. Intercourse, PA: Good Books.

Zehr, H. (2005). Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice (3rd ed.). Scottdale, PA: Herald Press.

Some data about the effectiveness of restorative processes can be found here, in this paper titled “Restorative Justice: The Evidence.”

This is an excellent report about a school in West Oakland, California, that was truly transformed by the introduction of restorative practices. 

This is a guide for schools looking to implement restorative justice.

Currently, we are only offering trainings for our 10 pre-chosen restorative justice diversion sites across the country. We would like to share the contact information for other skilled trainers who may be able to offer you training in the restorative process that best suits your needs.

Training, Generally:

To gain more of an understanding of restorative justice principles and practices generally, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) offers a Summer Peacebuilding Institute each summer.  The Institute offers courses over four sessions, many of which focus on restorative justice.  Each summer, they offer a course titled, “Restorative Justice: The Promise, The Challenge” which examines restorative principles and practices.  EMU also publishes the Little Books Series, many of which explain different restorative practices.

Circle Up Education offers trainings in:

  • Diversity: Interrupting Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, addressing workplace inequities, and rethinking cultural competency using interactive techniques.
  • Restorative Practices: Reimagining classroom and school climate by addressing classroom management, discipline, values, and interpersonal issues.

Ahimsa Collective offers trainings in Restorative Justice, Trauma Healing, Facilitation and Restorative Approaches to Intimate Violence. They welcome requests from community groups, universities, prisons, or organizations to create a workshop that is specific to your locale.


For training in restorative circles to address both discipline and the environment within schools, please contact Rita Alfred:

Rita, based in the Bay Area, is a part of the Restorative Justice Training Institute, which offers trainings in utilizing restorative justice circles in schools and offers coaching in implementing these processes

Punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies activate tragic cycles of violence, incarceration, and wasted lives for youth of color. Founded in 2005, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) works to interrupt these cycles by promoting institutional shifts toward restorative approaches that actively engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm and prevent re-offending. RJOY focuses on reducing racial disparities and public costs associated with high rates of incarceration, suspension, and expulsion. We provide education, training, and technical assistance and collaboratively launch demonstration programs with our school, community, juvenile justice, and research partners.

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) has a guide (restorative justice implementation guide: A Whole School Approach) designed for a Restorative Practices Facilitator to support their school to create an implementation plan to introduce restorative practices to a school, school wide.​

Restorative Circles for Multiple Contexts:

For training in restorative circle processes for a wide variety of contexts, please contact Kay Pranis: or Cheryl Graves:

Kay wrote the Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking.

Cheryl is a part of Chicago¹s Community Justice for Youth Institute, which provides regular trainings in restorative justice and peacemaking circles and technical assistance in implementing these practices in schools, communities, and the juvenile justice system. 

Rita, Kay, and Cheryl will all travel to do trainings.


Universities and Colleges:

For training in restorative justice processes for addressing conflict and discipline issues in colleges and universities, contact David Karp: 

The Skidmore website explains more about his work facilitating restorative processes within the university context.


Victim/Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence:

For training in restorative justice processes for crimes of severe violence, contact Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz:

Lorraine co-authored a report on Victim Offender Conferencing in Pennsylvania¹s juvenile justice system that gives some background on Victim Offender Conferencing.


Capital Cases:

For training in Defense Initiated Victim Outreach (DIVO), a restorative justice inspired model of providing a liaison between capital defense team and the families of surviving victims, contact Mickell (Kelly)Branham:

The Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel website provides slightly more information about DIVO.