Books and Publications

Guide for Developing Restorative Justice Programs in Alberta

Considering starting a Restorative Justice program in your community?

Thinking about enhancing your existing program?  ARJA can help!


Aboriginal Justice Programs & Initiatives 2003 & 2006

These reports describe Restorative Justice initiatives among the Aboriginal groups in Alberta.

Changing Paradigms: Punishment and Restorative Discipline (2008); Paul Redekop

In this book, the advantages to society to move from a punishment paradigm to a restorative paradigm are discussed. For a review, see: RJ Library, Restorative Justice Online, 2008 Edition July.

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

This book provides stories, insights and guidelines for the practice of restorative justice in schools settings. It is about harm reduction, violence prevention and youth development through restorative measures.

To order, see Living Justice Press

Classic Books on Restorative Justice

Changing Lenses: A new Focus for Crime and Justice (1990); Howard Zehr

Crime, Shame and Reintegrative Shaming (1989); John Braithwaite

Restoring Justice (1997); Dan Van Ness and Karen Heetderks Strong Van

Victim Meets Offender: The Impact of Restorative Justice and Mediation (1994); Mark Monsey

Doing Democracy with Circles: Engaging Communities in Public Planning

by Jennifer Ball, Wayne Caldwell, Kay Pranis
This book is written to help communities resolve conflicts in a good way. The peacemaking Circle process, with its origins in indigenous cultures, offers a way for all voices to be heard and for all interests to be respected. Circles process offers the possibility of reaching decisions in a community so that the outcome works for everyone. It can be purchased from Living Justice Press

Educating for Peace Building: Implementing Restorative Justice Principles and Practices in a School System

by Catherine Bargen
The Langley School District in British Columbia joined with the Fraser Region Community Justice Initiatives to introduce restorative justice principles and practices into their schools in 2000. This book is a description of how this was implemented, the successes and failures, challenges and lessons learned. A valuable tool for any school or school district wanting to implement restorative justice practices as an approach when dealing with conflict and harm within schools.To read more about this book, or to place an order visit  or contact the CJI office at or 604-534-5515

Just Equipping: Little Manual of Restorative Justice (2008)

This basic training manual was developed for the Canadian Federal Department of Public Safety. It is divided into eight modules with questions and suggested readings. PDF copies may be obtained here.

Little Black Book

This is a pocket guide to youth resources in British Columbia. It could serve as a format for other communities to adapt it to their youth resources.  It can be found

Little Books of Justice and Peace

The series of Little Books give an easy and quick read into Restorative Justice and the many different processes that are associated with it.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice; Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Conflict Transformation; John Paul Lederach
The Little Book of Family Group Conferences New Zealand Style; Allan MacRae and  Howard Zehr
The Little Book of Circle Processes; Kay Pranis
The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools; Lorraine Stutzman Amstuts and Judy H Mullet
The Little Book of Trauma Healing; Carolyn Yoder

Pocket Guide to Restorative Justice (2008); Peter Wallis and Barbara Tudor

This book outlines the different steps in the process of operationalizing a Restorative Justice program. For a review, see: RJ Library, Restorative Justice Online, 2008 Edition September.

Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice: Heather Stang

This book, based on empirical research findings, investigates whether restorative justice can offer victims of crime more than the formal court-based justice system. The discussion shifts the focus from the effectiveness of restorative justice in reducing reoffending to whether it offers the victims of crime advantages over the traditional court-centred justice.

Restorative Justice and the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People in Custody; by Dr. Theo Gavrielides

This report focuses on the criminal justice outcomes for restorative justice of young people in custody. The findings are based on a three year study (2009-11) research project funded by the European Commission. The paper posits evidence-based recommendations for policy and strategy analysis, researchers and practitioners.

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Restorative Justice Practices in New Zealand: Towards a Restorative Society; edited by G Maxwell and J H Liu (2007)

This book examines the use of Restorative Justice in areas of society other than the justice system.
For a review, see: RJ Library, Restorative Justice Online, 2008 April.

Additional Reading

Confronting the Horror: The Aftermath of Violence; Wilma . L. Derksen
Critical Issues in Restorative Justice (2004); Barb Toews and Howard Zehr
Dancing with a Ghost; Rupert Ross
Handbook of Restorative Justice: a Global Perspective (2009); Dennis Sullivan
Juvenile Justice Reform and Restorative Justice: Building Theory and Policy from Practice; Bazemore and Schiff’s
New Directions in Restorative Justice: Issues, Practice and Evaluation (2005); Elizabeth Elliott
Restorative Justice Across East and West (2007); Katherine van Wormer
Restorative Justice and Family Violence (2002); Heather Strang and John Braithwaite
Restorative Justice: How It Works (2007); Marian Liebmann
Restorative Justice in Prison Community: Or Everything I Didn’t Learn in Kindergarten I Learned in Prison (2009); Cheryl Swanson
Restorative Justice Is Changing the World (2008); Carol S Harcarik
Restorative Justice, Self Interest and Responsible Citizenship (2008); Lode Walgrave
Restorative Justice: The Evidence (2007); Sherman and Strang’s (PDF book)
Restorative Justice: Transforming Society (2005); Art Lockhart and Lynn Zammit
Returning to the Teachings; Rubert Ross 
Safer Schools: Restorative Practices in Education (2009); Ted Wachtel , Laura Mirsky
Sawbonna: Dialogue of Hope. A Real Life Restorative Justice Story (2009); Margot Van Sluytman
Taking Restorative Justice to Schools- A Doorway to Discipline (2009); Jeanette Holtham
The United Nations Handbook on Restorative Justice (PDF book)