Restorative Justice Resource Guide


Restorative Justice Theory - Books

Sullivan, Dennis & Larry Tifft. Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of our Everyday Lives. Monsey, NY: Willow Tree Press (2001).

Umbreit, Mark, and Marilyn Peterson Armour. Restorative Justice Dialogue. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co. (2011).

Zehr, Howard. Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. Scottsdale, PA: Herald Press (3d ed. 2005).

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

Restorative Practices in Education - Books and Articles

Amstutz, Lorraine Stutzman, and Judy H. Mullet. The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools. Intercourse, PA: Good Books (2005).

Brown, Martha A., PhD, Creating Restorative Schools. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press (2018).

Holtham, Jeanette. Taking Restorative Justice to Schools: A Doorway to Discipline. Breinigsville, PA: Homestead Press (2009).

Riestenberg, Nancy. Circle in the Square. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press (2012).

Costello, Bob, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel. The Restorative Practices Handbook. Bethlehem, PA: International Institute for Restorative Practices (2009).

Costello, Bob, Joshua Wachtel and Ted Wachtel. Restorative Circles in Schools. Bethlehem, PA: International Institute for Restorative Practices (2010).

Clifford, Amos, Center for Restorative Process. Teaching Restorative Practices with Classroom Circles, at

Restorative Practices in the Criminal Justice Setting – Books and Articles

Mikaelsen, Ben. Touching Spirit Bear. New York, NY: Harper Collins (2002).

Public Policy Clinic, S.J. Quinney College of Law. From Fingerpaints to Fingerprints: The School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (2014), available at

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau (2015).

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice. New York, NY: Delacorte Press (2018).

Walsh, Vanessa & Lincoln Nehring. Misbehavior or Misdemeanor? A Report on Utah’s School-to-Prison Pipeline. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (2017), available at

RJ/RP Videos

Brave New Films, Restorative Justice: Why Do We Need It?, at

Community Justice Initiatives, The Elmira Case, available at

Friedman, Cassidy. Restorative Justice in Oakland Schools: Tier One. Community Building Circle, at

Friedman, Cassidy. Restorative Welcome and Reentry Circle in Oakland Unified School District, at

IIRP Graduate School. Burning Bridges, at

MettaCenter. A New Story of Justice: Nonviolence and Restorative Justice, at

RJ/RP Websites

Eastern Mennonite University, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, at

International Institute for Restorative Practices, at

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, at

Restorative DC, at

RJoy: Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, at

San Francisco Unified School District, Restorative Practices, at

University of Minnesota, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, at

Guides for Circle Practices

Boyes-Watson, Carolyn and Kay Pranis. Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press (2015).

Pranis, Kay, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge. Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice Press (2003).

Pranis, Kay. The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking. Intercourse, PA: Good Books (2005).

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

Resources for Restorative Circles

Restorative Circles, at

McKnight, Ann. Turn Toward Conflict, at

PBS News Hour. Colorado High School Replaces Punishment with Talking Circles, at

Resolving Conflict Through Restorative Justice, at

Resources on Empathy

de Waal, Frans. The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society. New York, NY: Broadway Books (2010).

Krznaric, Roman. Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It. New York, NY: Perigree Books (2014).

Rifkin, Jeremy. The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis. New York, NY: Tarcher Publishing (2009).

Center for Building a Culture of Empathy, at

Empathy Can Change the World, at

The Power of Empathy: Helen Riess at TEDxMiddlbury, at

RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilisation, at