NYC programs and institutions
implementing and/or promoting restorative practices
American Friends Service Committee New York/New Jersey Healing Justice and Prison Watch
Center for Court Innovation
Center for Justice at Columbia University
Children’s Aid Society
Community Connections for Youth
Community Mediation Services
Counseling in Schools: Contact Cynthia Santiago-Borbon
D R E A M! Dare to Revitalize Education through Arts and Mediation
Effective Alternative in Reconciliation Services (EARS) Contact: Marcy May
Girls Inc. of NYC
Make the Road New York, Youth Power Project
New York Center for Interpersonal Development: Contacts Halley Anolik or Katie Cole
New York City Department of Probation
New York Peace Institute: Contact Glen Parker
The Center on Violence and Recovery
The Children’s Defense Fund
The Restorative Center
The Vera Institute of Justice
Georgia State University’s Restorative Justice Clearing House
The Restorative Justice Clearing House at Georgia State University offers a list of all state restorative justice statutes and other resources.
National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
NACRJ serves as the parent organization for the biannual National Conference on Restorative Justice and provides members with information and resources applicable to restorative and community justice theory and practice.
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
NCCD is leading efforts to institutionalize restorative justice alternatives to juvenile and adult incarceration and zero-tolerance school discipline policies across California and the nation.
Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice
For additional resources related to implementing restorative justice on college and university campuses, see the work of David Karp at Skidmore College.
The Healing Justice Project
Healing Justice seeks to provide support, reconciliation, and recovery in cases involving exonerations. To that end, we host restorative justice events in exoneration cases and help organize the provision of direct support and services to the innocent, crime victims, and their families during and after exonerations.
The Institute for the University of Texas at Austin, The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue
The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue at the University of Texas School of Social Work seeks to build a national mindset that embraces restorative justice principles. Its mission is to advance meaningful accountability, victim healing and community safety through the use of restorative justice solutions to repair the harm related to conflict, crime and victimization.
University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking
The Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work provides scholarly research, instructional videos, training, program development consultation and more.
Prison Fellowship International’s Centre for Justice and Reconciliation
Prison Fellowship has compiled a comprehensive online database of articles and research on restorative justice organized by topic and area of interest.
Restorative Justice in Schools | Gaby's Story
A California high school student describes what she's gained from using restorative practices at her school.
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth has produced and compiled a number of videos which are available on their website.
Restorative Justice or Retributive Justice? - With Ian Marder
English mediator Aled Davis interviews Canadian restorative justice researcher Ian Marder who explains restorative principles and processes.
Restorative practices in New York City schools
This discussion is led by Tala Manassah of Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
ROCA: System Leadership in Chelsea Massachusetts
ROCA is an outreach and intervention organization in Chelsea, Massachusetts that uses restorative justice to build relationships and create a sense of belonging for high-risk young men and mothers.
Sujatha Baliga speaks at Harvard Law School
Sujatha Baliga defines restorative justice and describes some traditional and cutting-edge applications.
The Call of Restorative Justice
Howard Zeher speaks Simon Faser University about the call of restorative justice.
The Family Group Conference
This video shows how a family in the UK worked to come up with a custody plan for their daughter through a family group conference.
The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice
Daniel Reisel explains the neuroscience behind restorative justice.
A Healing River
This is a first in a series of educational videos which leading practitioners and thinkers discuss trauma and recovery, and the paradigm shift that is restorative justice.
An Introduction to Restorative Circles with Dominic Barter
Dominic Barter discusses Restorative Circles in Brazil
Colorado State Representative Pete Lee on Restorative Justice
Community Conferencing Center
The Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore has produced several videos of their work.
Common Justice, a Brooklyn-based program, is an innovative victim service and alternative-to-incarceration program based on restorative justice principles.
Harley Eagle on the Power of Circles
Humanistic Approach to Mediation and Dialogue
Mark Umbreit parses the differences between restorative dialogue processes and other mediation techniques.
Kay Pranis at Chautauqua Institution
Kay Pranis speaks about the “driftwood exercise” that she uses in restorative circle trainings and what it has taught her about group dynamics.
"Law's Middle Way: Mindfulness and Restorative Justice"
Sujatha Baliga speaks at Berkely Law
Restorative Justice: Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing
An overview of the core principles of restorative justice
and of victim offender mediation and conferencing.
Restorative Justice in Justice Systems
Officer Greg Ruprecht, a police officer's perspective on restorative justice.
Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate
This film produced by PBS Thirteen explores a compelling range of stories, from personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide.
PBS News Hour
To curb conflict, a Colorado high school replaces punishment with a successful restorative justice program.
New York Times articles
By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’ by Dina Kraft
Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice? by Paul Tullis
Opening Up, Students Transform a Vicious Circle by Patricia Leigh Brown
The Winter 2012 issue of Tikkun Magazine featured a rich collection of articles about restorative justice. You can read excerpts below or purchase the complete articles online.
A New Vision for Correctional Officers by Sunny Schwartz and Leslie Levitas
A Restorative Circle in the Wake of a Police Shooting by Andrea Brenneke
From Individual Rights to the Beloved Community: A New Vision of Justice by Peter Gabel
Healing From and Unlearning Violence by Sonya Shah
Restorative Justice: Some Facts and History by Marilyn Armour
The Day the Jail Walls Cracked: A Restorative Plea Deal by Sujatha Baliga
What's Love Got To Do With It by Fania E. Davis
Justice After Injustice by Lara Bazelon, Slate Magazine
Restoring Racial Justice by Fania E. Davis, Mikhail Lyubansky, and Mara Schiff
Theorizing Community Integration As Desistance-Promotion by Kathryn Fox
A Human Being Died that Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
A Restorative Justice Reader: Texts, Sources, Context by Gerry Johnstone
As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda by Catherine Claire Larson
Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System by Lauraet Magnani & Harmon L. Wray
Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice (3rd ed.) by Howard Zehr
Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis, Living Justice Press*
Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School by Nancy Ristenberg, Living Justice Press*
Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa by Antjie Krog
Critical Issues in Restorative Justice by Barb Toews and Howard Zehr
Doing Democracy with Circles by Jennifer Ball, Wayne Caldwell & Kay Pranis, Living Justice Press*
Dreams From the Monster Factory by Sunny Schwartz & David Boodell
Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective (Routledge International Handbooks) by Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft
Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis
Justice in Transition: Community Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland by Anna Eriksson
Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime by Susan Herman
Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community by Kay Pranis, Mark Wedge & Barry Stewart, Living Justice Press*
Peacemaking Circles & Urban Youth: Bringing Justice Home by Carolyn Boyes-Watson, Living Justice Press*
Restoring Justice (2nd ed.) by Daniel W. Van Ness & Karen Heetderks Strong
Restorative Justice Dialogue: An Essential Guide for Research and Practice by Mark Umbreit and Marilyn Peterson Armour
Restorative Justice: International Perspectives by Burt Galaway & Joe Hudson
Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation by John Braithwaite
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women
by James Ptacek
Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice (2nd ed.) by Rupert Ross
Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking and Reconciliation by Elizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf and Pamela Blume-Leonard
Sexual Offending and Restoration by Mark Yantzi
The Community Justice Ideal: Preventing Crime and Achieving Justice by Todd R. Clear & David Karp
The Ethic of Traditional Communities and the Spirit of Healing Justice: Studies From Hollow Water, the Iona Community, and Plum Village by Jarem Sawatsky
The Little Book of Conflict Transformation by John Lederach
The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities: Repairing Harm and Rebuilding Trust in Response to Student Misconduct by Karp, D.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships by Barb Toews
The Little Book of Restorative Justice (The Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding) by Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community Is Threatened (Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding) by Carolyn Yoder and Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing by Lorraine S. Amstutz
The Politics of Restorative Justice by Andrew Woolford
Violent Partners: A Breakthrough Plan for Ending the Cycle of Abuse by Linda Mills
Nat'l Criminal Justice Association
This webinar provides some valuable statistics from RJ programs connected to the criminal justice system in different parts of the country, as well as RJ talking points for different actors within the system.
The Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
In this webinar, presenters highlight restorative justice practices implemented at various points as effective tools in reducing disproportionate minority contact (DMC). The webinar also examines strategies - including Circles and Conferences - used in both rural and urban settings and explores how careful implementation of these strategies can help local DMC-reduction efforts.
The Center For Justice and Peace Building
Three staff members from the Philadelphia Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program talk about their work with Howard Zeher.
Academic degree and/or certificate programs
Eastern Mennonite University | Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice
Fresno Pacific University | Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies
International Institute of Restorative Practices
Simon Fraser University | Restorative Justice Certificate (on-line courses available)
Radio and Podcasts
Restorative Justice on the Rise
Host Molly Rowan Leach interviews restorative justice practitioners and other justice innovators about their work.
Mike Feder interviews Restorative Justice Initiative Founder, Mika Dashman, on Progressive Radio Network.
Victims Confront Offenders Face to Face
On NPR's Talk of the Nation, Sujatha Baliga and Robert Johnson (prosecutor from Minnesota, not the Bronx) discuss victim-offender dialogue.
Research and reports
Dignity in Schools Report
This case study compiled by the Dignity in Schools Campaign highlights the positive impact of restorative approaches to school discipline in four New York City public schools.
Restorative Justice: The Evidence
Restorative Justice: The Evidence is a comprehensive meta-analysis from several studies conducted in Australia, Canada, New Zealand the United Kingdom and the United States. More recent meta-analyses are available upon request.
Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue (Oregon)
Restorative Justice and Violence Against Women by James Ptacek
As We Forgive
A documentary about four Rowandan neighbors and their extraordinary journey from death to life through forgiveness.
Concrete, Steel & Paint
Tells the story of a collaborative mural project in Philadelphia, PA, that fostered dialogue between men in prison and victims of crime.
A documentary that focuses Palestinian and Israeli citizens directly impacted by the conflict and their responses to it.
Facing the Enemy
The daughter of a victim of the 1984 Brighton bombing in England seeks out the IRA bomber after he’s released from prison and they form an unusual friendship. (available on Netflix)
The first Rwandan-produced film about the 1994 genocide, featuring Gacaca courts and reeducation camps.
Long Night’s Journey into Day
A documentary on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
My Neighbor, My Killer
A documentary on the Gacaca courts established after the 1994 Rwanda genocide.