An Introductory Restorative Justice Bibliography

Best place to start: The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series), by Howard Zehr (2002) (available at

Best place to go next: “What is Restorative Justice?” in the “What we do” section of our mission partner Communities for Restorative Justice’s web site.


“Restorative Justice: Back to the Future!,” preached by the Rev. Fred W. Anderson at MACUCC Central Association Fall Meeting in First Congregational Church UCC, Brimfield, MA, Oct. 19, 2008 - Based on Micah 6:6-8; Romans 12:9-21; Luke 19:1-20.

"Restorative Justice: Back to the Future!" revised version, preached by Mike Rich at Park Avenue Congregational Church, Arlington, MA, April 19, 2009.


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: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding Series) Good Books (paperback) by Kay Pranis (2005)

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

The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice (SUNY Religious Studies Series) The State University of New York Press (Paperback) Michael L. Hadley, editor (2001)

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.

Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes (Criminal Justice Handbook Series) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) (Paperback) (2006); also available for download at

The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right, Harper Collins (2004) by Thane Rosenbaum, -- Restorative Justice in a civil law context.

Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption and One Woman’s Fight to Restore Justice For All, Scribner (2009) by Sunny Schwartz with David Boodell.

Justpeace Ethics: A Guide to Restorative Justice and Peace Building, by Jarem Sawatsky (Cascade Books, 2009) Drawing on the imaginations of some leading peace and restorative justice practitioners, Justpeace Ethics identifies components of a justpeace imagination--the basis of an alternative ethics, where the end is touched with each step. In this simple companion to justpeace ethics, Jarem Sawatsky helps those struggling with how to respond to conflict and violence in both just and peaceful ways.

Restorative Justice in a Prison Community Or Everything I Didn't Learn in Kindergarten I Learned in Prison, by Cheryl Swanson (Lexington Books, 2008) Using the case study of an honor dorm in a maximum security prison, Swanson uses the writings and reflections of inmates participating in a restorative justice program to demonstrate the challenges and transformative possibilities of this alternative approach to rehabilitation.

Bible Study

“Transforming Through the Word: A Bible Study Guide for Developing a Christian Response to Crime; Bringing Christian together to Sow the Seed of Transformative Justice;” by Brooks Berndt, American Friends Service Committee.

Magazine Articles

“Restorative Justice: A Vision for Healing and Change” by Susan Sharpe (available at the MACUCC resource center).

“Engaging the Community in Restorative Justice” by Kay Pranis (at the resource center).

“Building Community Justice Partnerships” by Barry Stuart (at the resource center).

Book excerpt: “The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right,” by Thane Rosenbaum in Tikkun Magazine, May/June 2004.


Restorative Justice Task Team

Communities for Restorative Justice 

Restorative Justice - Fundamental Principles” by Ron Claasen, Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific College (1995)

University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking

Suffolk University, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Restorative Justice

International Institute for Restorative Practices, Restorative Justice Library

Hamline University School of Law, Dispute Resolution Institute, "A Select Annotated Bibliography on Restorative Justice, Mediation & the Practice of Law"


Restorative Circles Videos  

Massachusetts Restorative Justice Task Team

Electronic Newsletters & Networks

International Institute for Restorative Practices eForum 

Restorative Justice on LinkedIn


“Burning Bridges” DVD-Video, 35 minutes, Produced by the IIRP and Real Justice (available from the Mass. Conference Restorative Justice Task Team)

“Beyond Zero Tolerance: Restorative Practices in Schools” DVD-Video, 25 minutes, Produced by the IIRP and SaferSanerSchools (available from the Mass. Conference Restorative Justice Task Team)

Restorative Justice DVD set from the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking in the School of Social Work of the University of Minnesota:

Volume 1: “Restorative Justice: For Victims, Communities, and Offenders,” 25 minutes

Volume 2: “Restorative Justice: Victim Empowerment through Mediation and Dialogue,” 25 minutes

Volume 3: “An Overview of Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing.” 10 minutes

Volume 4: “Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing: A Multi-Method Approach,” 22 minutes

Volume 5: “Complete Victim Offender Mediation and Conferencing Training Modeling 2 Cases from Preparation to Mediation,” 117 minutes

Volume 6: “Victim Sensitive Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence,” 70 minutes

All available from the Task Team and at

YouTube search results for Howard Zehr (the grandfather of Restorative Justice in the U.S.)

International Institute for Restorative Practices video store 

“Victim Empowerment Through Mediation and Dialogue” (available through the Mass. Conference Resource Center)