An Introductory Restorative Justice Bibliography

  A Place to Start

New release! *** The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice, Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding) Good Books (paperback) by Fania E. Davis, Good Books (2019)  

The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series) Good Books (paperback) by Howard Zehr (2002)

The Little Book of Circle Process (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series)  Good Books (paperback) by Kay Pranis (2005)

The Little Book of Racial Healing (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series) Good Books (paperback) by Thomas Normandy DeWolf, Jodie Geddes (2019)

The Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series) Good Books (paperback) by Dr. David Anderson Hooker (2016)

Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, by Howard Zehr, Herald Press (1990, 1995).

Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice, by Rupert Ross, Penguin Books (1996) -- The story of how a regular prosecutor was won over to restorative justice; and, how a small, rural, first nation town emerged from generations of abuse, violence and recidivism by switching to restorative practices.

Circle Forward: Building a Restorative School Community, Living Justice Press by Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis

Sacred Instructions Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change, by Sherri Mitchell, North Atlantic Books (2018)

The Psychology of Emotion in Restorative Practice, Edited by Vernon C. Kelly, Jr., and Margaret Thorsborne, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2014)


Of Interest to Pastors and Others

Compassionate Justice:  An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice (Theopolitical Visions) (paperback) by Christopher D. Marshall


Webcasts, Other Websites:

Restorative Justice on the Rise:

Living Justice Press:

Conflict 180: 

Community Transformation (Lauren Abramson):

International Institute of Restorative Practices Library: 

National Association for Community and Restorative Justice (NACRJ):

Center for Restorative Justice-Suffolk University:

Restorative Practices, Christy Barbee:

Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition Inc:



Fania Davis and Sujatha Baliga at the Religion and Practice of Peace Colloguium, October 2017 


Other Links (YouTube)

Driftwood Exercise (~1:10) Kay Pranis ("The Grandmother of Restorative Justice")

In the Eyes of the Good (~ 55) with Duke Duchscherer: Nonviolent Communication Training and Restorative Dialogue between former Maoists combatants, conflict victims, governmental officials engaging in a restorative dialogue, following the aftermath of the 10-year armed conflict in Nepal.