NYC programs and institutions
implementing and/or promoting restorative practices


Online Resources


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
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


TIkkUn Magazine

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

various Articles

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

*Living Justice Press is a non-profit publishing house that specializes in restorative justice and peacemaking. They lose money if you purchase their books through third party vendors. Please place your orders directly with the publisher.


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)

Job Listings

Fresno State University
Fresno maintains an ongoing list of restorative justice job openings around the country.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive notices about job openings in New York City.

Radio and Podcasts

Restorative Justice on the Rise
Host Molly Rowan Leach interviews restorative justice practitioners and other justice innovators about their work.

Turning Point
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.


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.

Encounter Point
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.