Restorative Justice Books, Key Resources, Reports and Links

We have compiled some of the best restorative justice books, reports and links for those of us working in the field. Please contact us if you want us to consider adding something.

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SCHOOLS: K-12 (Books)

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing and Hope in Schools (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding)
by Katherine Evans and Dorothy Vaandering
(to order contact the new publisher directly: Kathryn Mennone 860-664-0344)

Kids Working It Out – Stories and Strategies for Making Kids Working It OutPeace in Our Schools
Edited by T.S. Jones and Randy Compton

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching Responsibility; Creating Caring Climates (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding)
by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy H. Mullet
(to order contact the new publisher directly: Kathryn Mennone 860-664-0344)

Better Than Carrots or Sticks: Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management
by Dominique Smith, Douglas Fisher & Nancy Frey

The Restorative Practices Handbook: for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators
by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel

Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community & Enhancing Learning
by Bob Costello, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel

Circle in the Square: Building Community and Repairing Harm in School
by Nancy Riestenberg

Just Schools: A Whole School Approach to Restorative Justice
by Belinda Hopkins

Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community
by Carolyn Boyes-Watson & Kay Pranis

Restorative Practice and Special Needs: A Practical Guide to Working Restoratively with Young People
by Nick Burnett and Margaret Thorsborne

Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: A Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities
by Margaret Thorsborne and Peta Blood

Taking Restorative Justice to Schools: A Doorway to Discipline
by Jeanette Holtham

The School Leader’s Guide to Restorative School Discipline
by Luanna Meyer and Ian Evans

SCHOOLS: K-12 (Young Adult & Children’s Books)

Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikkelsen

Kids Books About Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice in Picture Books: Exploring Concepts

What Are You Staring At: A Comic About Restorative Justice in Schools
by Pete Wallis & Joseph Wilkins
Designed for use in schools, this comic teaches children about restorative justice through the story of Jake and Ryan.

Using Children’s Books to Facilitate Restorative Justice Discussion
by Jessica Koltz, Sara Kersten-Parrish

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SCHOOLS: K-12 (Articles & Reports)

Equity Oriented Restorative Justice Resource Library
UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools CA MTSS Research Consortium
This library includes materials that your school can use to incorporate equity-oriented restorative policies and practices across all tiers of the MTSS framework. In response to the goals of CA-MTSS, the materials in this library focus on approaches that can reduce racial disparities in discipline by improving school climate. It is a huge library of very helpful resources, all linked to outside articles and reports.

Guide for Racial Justice & Abolitionist Social and Emotional Learning
Abolitionist Teaching Network, August 2020
This guide builds from the premise that injustice manifests differently in different schools and communities. Abolitionist Teaching cannot be distilled to a list of “best practices” because it is a way of life. Abolitionist Teachers believe that no Black, Brown, or Indigenous child is disposable. We must embody the spirit of Black Lives Mattering, not just say Black Lives Matter. This guide is an invitation for Abolitionist Teachers to individually and collectively generate critical reflection and action.

Spare the Rod: Amid Evidence that Zero Tolerance Doesn’t Work Schools Reverse Themselves
American Public Media, Catherine Winter, Aug. 25, 2016
A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don’t make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, January 8, 2014
Emphasizes conflict resolution and restorative practices.

The School Discipline Consensus Report
Council of State Governments, Justice Center, 2014
The School Discipline Consensus Report presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-schools partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. More than 100 advisors representing policymakers, school administrators, teachers, behavioral health professionals, police, court leaders, probation officials, juvenile correctional leaders, parents, and youth from across the country helped develop more than two dozen policies and 60 recommendations to keep more students in productive classrooms and out of court rooms. Emphasizes restorative practices and PBIS.

Model Code on Education and Dignity: Restorative Practices
Dignity in Schools, October 2013
The Model Code on Education and Dignity presents a set of recommended policies to schools, districts and legislators to help end school pushout and protect the human rights to education, dignity, participation and freedom from discrimination. The Code is the culmination of several years of research and dialogue with students, parents, educators, advocates and researchers who came together to envision a school system that supports all children and young people in reaching their full potential. Model 2 is about Restorative Practices. In October 2013, DSC released a new revised version of the Model Code, which includes new sections on: social and emotional learning, prevention and response to bullying behavior, reducing tickets and summonses issued in school, reducing racial disparities in discipline through culturally responsive classroom management, creating safe schools for LGBTQ students and other topics.

Taking Restorative Practices School-wide: Insights from Three Denver Schools
A report of the Denver School-Based Restorative Practices Partnership, Anyon, Y. 2016

Through interviews and focus groups with staff members at three Denver schools that have successfully implemented restorative practices (RP), four essential strategies for taking this approach school-wide were identified: strong principal vision and commitment to RP; explicit efforts to generate staff buy-in to this conflict resolution approach; continuous and intensive professional development opportunities; and, the allocation of school funds for a full-time coordinator of RP at the site. Additional approaches that supported school-wide implementation of RP are described in the full report.

Colorado Restorative Practices in Schools Guidelines
RJ Colorado, 2016

The collaborative creation of this guiding document was initiated in February 2016 by the Colorado Coordinating Council on Restorative Justice (RJ Council). Over fifty Restorative Practices in Schools practitioners, trainers, consultants and researchers co-created the foundation for these guidelines. This is a living document, as is customary with the CO RJ Council guiding documents. It will be reviewed annually for updates and input from the Restorative Practices Community. This document will provide guidelines for Restorative Practices in Schools in Colorado identifying key principles and practices and recommendations for best practices in implementation and training for restorative Practices in Schools.

The experience of a head teacher working in partnership with Thames Valley Police between 1999 and 2004 to implement restorative approaches to a secondary school. Author reflects on the conclusions of the Youth Justice Board evaluation report on RJ in Schools initiative, identifying issues for developing restorative approaches in English schools.

Restorative Justice and School Discipline: Mutually Exclusive?, a practitioner’s view of the impact of community conferencing in Queensland schools.

Discussion of results achieved by implementing a “Restorative Action” curriculum for students, parents and staff in a British Columbia school district.

A critique on implementing a restorative culture in Canadian schools which helps students to be accountable for their own behavior, to develop respect for self and others, and to strengthen their identity as capable, successful members of the community.  Some in-depth info regarding value of community and safety official involvement in program.

Nuts and bolts of implementing  Restorative Measures: Respecting everyone’s ability to resolve problems, and the necessity of training for administrators, teachers and aides for a successful program.

Interview of Nancy Riestenberg, Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, regarding implementation and evaluation of restorative practices in Minnesota schools.

This manual outlines the principles and philosophy of restorative justice as it is applied in school settings.  Published in 1997, it was one of the first descriptions of educational restorative practices.

Evaluations conducted by five school districts about their staff training on restorative measures and classroom management.

Ron Classen, well-known RJ authority, describes his wife’s “misbehavior” management method, “Discipline that Restores” (DTR) that has transformed the classroom climate from hostile to collaborative through use of 9 principles.

International Institute for Restorative Practice’s paper discusses a restorative culture for schools that encourages teachers, employers, students, parents and the community to work together to create meaningful learning experiences for students through a collaborative culture embracing restorative relationship, relativity and responsibility.
Discipline for Democracy.pdf

Early analysis of school district’s policies and programs of discipline practices, using specific subject area curriculum through implicit models and practices.
Restorative Justice in School Communities.pdf

Discussion of implementation of restorative practices implemented in schools in Minnesota, Colorado and Pennsylvania, specifically in response to drug and alcohol problems, offering an alternative to zero-tolerance policies.
Restorative Justice in Schools.pdf

An introduction to the use of RJ principles in addressing challenging or disruptive behavior in schools.

Discussion of how RJ conferencing solely as a response to behavior may not be enough to achieve positive results in school policy and practice and how more comprehensive approaches focusing on the integration of restorative philosophy, practices and principles into the wider school culture provide more effective results.

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Accountability in Restorative Justice (Clarendon Studies in Criminology)
by Declan Roche

Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice
by Howard Zehr

Compulsory Compassion: A Critique Of Restorative Justice (Law and Society)
by Annalise Acorn

Criminal Punishment And Restorative Justice: Past, Present And Future Perspectives
by David J. Cornwell and Tony Cameron

Critical Issues in Restorative Justice
by Howard Zehr and Barb Toews

Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences
by Howard Zehr (Photographer)

The Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective
by D Sullivan

Juvenile Justice Reform And Restorative Justice: Building Theory And Policy From Practice
by Gordon Bazemore, Mara Schiff, and S. Gordon Bazemore

The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series) (The Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding)
by Howard Zehr

Power: A New Social Analysis
by Bertrand Russell

Repairing Communities Through Restorative Justice
by John G. Perry (Editor)

Repositioning Restorative Justice
by Eliza Ahmed, John Blad, Valerie Braithwaite, and Mia Claes

Restorative Community Justice; Repairing Harm and Transforming Communities
by Gordon Bazemore and Mara Schiff 

Restorative Justice and Civil Society
by Heather Strang and John Braithwaite

Restorative Justice: Critical Issues (Crime, Order and Social Control)
by Eugene McLaughlin, Ross Fergusson, Gordon Hughes, and Louise Westmarland

Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of Our Everyday Lives
by Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft

Restorative Justice: Ideas, Practices, Debates
by Gerry Johnstone

Restorative Juvenile Justice: An Exploration of the Restorative Justice Paradigm for Reforming Juvenile Justice
by Lode Walgrave and Gordon Bazemore

What is Community Justice?: Case Studies of Restorative Justice and Community Supervision (Key Questions for Criminal Justice)
by David R. (Reed) Karp and Todd R. Clear

Youth Offending and Restorative Justice: Implementing Reform in Youth Justice
by Adam Crawford and Tim Newburn

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Restorative Justice on the College Campus: Promoting Student Growth and Responsibility, and Reawakening the Spirit of Campus Community
by David R. Karp and Thom Allena


Corrections, Peacemaking, and Restorative Justice: Transforming Individuals and Institutions
by Michael Braswell, John R. Fuller, and Bo Lozoff

The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding)
by Barb Toews

Restorative Justice and the Law
by Lode Walgrave

Restorative Justice in Prisons: A Guide to Making It Happen
by Edgar Kimmett, Tim Newell, and Erwin James

Restorative Justice: Prison As Hell or a Chance for Redemption?
by Jennifer Furio

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The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters
by Peter Block

The Call of Service
by Robert Coles

The Dance of Change
by Peter Senge

The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work
by Peter Block

The Fifth Discipline and the Fifth Discipline Fieldbook
by Peter Senge

Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World
by Peter Koestenbaum (Author), Peter Block (Author)

Leading with Soul
by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal

A Simpler Way
by Margaret J. WheatleyMyron Kellner-Rogers

Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-Interest
by Peter Block

Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership
by Joseph JaworskiBetty Sue Flowers (Editor), Peter M. Senge (Introduction)

The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry (Thin Book Series)
by Sue Annis Hammond

Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future
by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Facing Violence: The Path of Restorative Justice and Dialogue
by Betty Vos, Robert B. Coates, Katherine A. Brown, and Mark S. Umbreit

The Handbook of Victim Offender Mediation: An Essential Guide to Practice and Research
by Mark S. Umbreit

The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series)
by Kay Pranis

Mediating Interpersonal Conflicts: A Pathway to Peace
by Mark S. Umbreit

The Millionth Circle: How to Change Ourselves and The World–The Essential Guide to Women’s Circles
by Jean Shinoda Bolen

Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community
by Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge

Sacred Circles: A Guide To Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group
by Robin Carnes (Author), Sally Craig

The Seven Whispers: Listening to the Voice of Spirit
by Christina Baldwin

Victim Meets Offender: The Impact of Restorative Justice and Mediation
by Mark S. Umbreit, Robert B. Coates, and Boris Kalanj

The Way of Council
by Jack M. ZimmermanVirginia Coyle

Wisdom Circles: Guide to Self Discovery & Community Building in Small Groups
by C./Spring Garfield

Women Circling the Earth: A Guide to Fostering Community, Healing and Empowerment
by Beverly Enge

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After the Tears: Reclaiming the Personal Losses of Childhood
by Jane Middelton-MozLorie Dwinell (Contributor)

All Kids Are Our Kids: What Communities Must Do to Raise Caring and Responsible Children and Adolescents
by Peter L. Benson

Boiling Point
by Jane Middelton-Moz

Children of Trauma: Rediscovering Your Discarded Self
by Jane Middelton-Moz (Author)

Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent’s Guide to the New Teenager, Revised and Updated
by Anthony E. Wolf

Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls 
by Mary Pipher

Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disguise
by Jane Middelton-Moz

A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence
by Patricia Hersch

Welcoming Our Children to a New Millennium
by Jane Middelton-Moz

What Kids Need to Succeed: Proven, Practical Ways to Raise Good Kids
by Peter L. BensonPamela EspelandJudy M.A. Galbraith

The Wonder of Boys
by Michael Gurian

Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind
by Michael J. BradleyJay N. Giedd

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Better Together: Restoring the American Community
by Robert D. Putnam, Lewis Feldstein, and Donald J. Cohen

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
by Robert D. Putnam

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets
by John P. KretzmannJohn L. McKnight

The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits
by John McKnight

Communities That Care: Action for Drug Abuse Prevention (Jossey-Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series/Jossey-Bass Education Series)
by J. David Hawkins

Community Building: What Makes It Work: A Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building
by Paul MattessichBarbara Monsey

Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy: Manual for Activists
by Kimberley A. BoboJackie KenoallSteve MaxKim BoboJackie Kendall, Midwest AcademyKimberly A. Bobo

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The Deep Democracy of Open Forums: Practical Steps to Conflict Prevention and Resolution for the Family, Workplace, and World
by Arnold Mindell

Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way from Confrontation to Cooperation
by William Ury

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton, and Bruce Patton

The Shaman’s Body: A New Shamanism for Transforming Health, Relationships, and the Community
by Arnold Mindell

Sitting in the Fire: Large Group Transformation Using Conflict and Diversity
by Arnold Mindell

Warriors of the Heart: A Handbook for Conflict Resolution
by Danaan Parry

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Breaking Spears and Mending Hearts: Peacemakers and Restorative Justice in Bougainville
by Pat Howley

A Kind of Mending: Restorative Justice in the Pacific Islands
by Sinclair Dinnen

Mapping Restorative Justice: Developments in 25 European Countries
by D. Miers and J. Willemsens

Rebuilding Community Connections – Mediation and Restorative Justice in Europe 
by I Aertsen

Restorative Justice in Context: International Practice and Directions
by Elmar Weitekamp, Hans-Jurgen Kerner, and International Conference on Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice: International Perspectives
by Burt Galaway and Joe Hudson


Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies
by John Paul Lederach

The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary
by Angeles Arrien 

Talking Peace: A Vision for the Next Generation
by Jimmie Carter

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Restorative Justice and Family Violence
by Heather Strang and John Braithwaite

Return to the Teachings
by Ruppert Ross


Ethan’s Chronicles
by Marsha Willis

Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice (Clarendon Studies in Criminology)
by Heather Strang 

Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims
by Howard Zehr

Understanding Victims and Restorative Justice
by James Dignan  

Victims, Mediation and Criminal Justice
by M. Wright

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Justice As Healing
by Wanda D. McCaslin

The Mystic Heart of Justice: Restoring Wholeness in a Broken World
by Denise Breton

Restorative Justice: Toward Nonviolence, a discussion paper on crime and justice
by Virginia Mackey

The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice (SUNY Series in Religious Studies)
by Michael L. Hadley

To Know As We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey
by Parker J. Palmer

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