Restorative Justice Resources

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Punitive justice is a top-down process that asks:  What law was broken? Who is guilty? and Who should be punished or imprisoned?

Restorative Justice is a community-based process which asks instead, Who was harmed? Who is responsible? How can things be made right and the community made whole?

Click here for a printable overview of Restorative Justice. also has a helpful webinar explaining restorative justice.


International Institute for Restorative Practices

Recommended Reading

The Little Book of Restorative Justice – Howard Zehr, Good Books
Ambassadors of Reconciliation – Elaine Enns & Ched Meyers
The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series) – Kay Pranis, Good Books
Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth – Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Ph.D., Living Justice Press
The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching Responsibility; Creating Caring Climates – Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Good Books
Strategic Peacebuilding – Lisa Schirch, Good Books
Critical Issues in Restorative Justice – Howard Zehr, Good Books
Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice – Howard Zehr, Good Books
Conferencing Handbook: The New Real Justice Training Manual – Terry O’Connell, Ben Wachtel and Ted Wachtel, Piper’s Press
Crime, Shame and Reintegration – John Braithwaite, Cambridge University Press
Real Justice – Ted Wachtel, Pipers Press