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Educate Yourself

The following is a small selection of resources that influence our work and education at the BCJC. We invite you to expand your own learning and knowledge of restorative practices.


Books and Articles

In Pursuit of Paradigm: A Theory of Restorative Justice by Paul McCold & Ted Wachtel, International Institute for Restorative Practices

Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice: A Resource for Leaders and Practitioners by C. Bargen & A. Edwards, et al., Alberta Restorative Justice Association 

Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice by Heather Strang (2004)


“Restorative Justice and Civil Society,” by H. Strang, & J. Braithwaite, (2001), Living Justice Press


The Little Book of Restorative Justice by Howard Zehr (revised edition 2015), The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice by Fania Davis (2019), The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding

Restorative Justice Listening Session Report - Engages a cross section of restorative justice practitioners who represented different demographics—urban, rural, aboriginal, east coast, west coast, Midwest and one Canadian territory. The Project provides “the state of the state” of restorative justice and takes the pulse of where we are now as a movement, creates a shared  roadmap for the future, and offers recommendations to advocates and donors on  how to resource and build the restorative justice movement. 

Guides & Workbooks

Serving Crime Victims Through Restorative Justice -  a report from Alberta, Canada available from the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services.

Turning Towards Each Other: A Conflict Workbook 

A Vermont Guide to Community Engagement with Local Police Departments


Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice - The Zehr Institute advocates for restorative justice as a social movement, and is also a convener of spaces where knowledge about restorative justice practices and programs can be shared among practitioners and learners, by facilitating conversations and cultivating connections through activities such as conferences, webinars and both in-person and online courses.


The Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice - The Restorative Justice Project works in diversion and explores possibilities for restorative justice in intimate partner violence and sexual harm.


The RJ and Diversion Toolkit from Impact Justice:  A Diversion Toolkit for Communities emerged out of the need for publicly accessible information and resources on how to start restorative justice diversion (RJD) programs.  

Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators:  This workbook by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan that includes reflection questions, skill assessments, facilitation tips, helpful definitions, activities, and hard-learned lessons intended to support people who have taken on the coordination and facilitation of formal community accountability processes to address interpersonal harm and violence. 





Justice in America: Episode 19 on Restorative Justice that discusses the benefits, limitations, and potential of restorative justice. The episode includes a talk with Sonya Shah, an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a renowned restorative justice facilitator, trainer, and expert. In 2016 she founded The Ahimsa Collective, which offers non-punitive approaches to addressing and healing harm through the lenses of restorative and transformative justice. This episode also features audio from Danielle Sered, Executive Director of Common Justice.


Restorative Justice on the Rise: The leading public dialogue forum focusing on justice transformation in the U.S. and beyond, providing real-time conversations with national and global leaders in the field,  key tools, education, and awareness building as the movement continues to build exponential momentum. Their work includes a podcast dedicated to aspects of RJ.




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