What is Restorative Justice?

VanNess, D. & Johnstone, G. (Eds.). (2007). Handbook of Restorative Justice. Portland, OR: Willan Publishing.

The rise of Restorative Justice has been accompanied by the development of a large, diverse and increasingly sophisticated body of research and scholarship. This has now reached the stage where a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible survey of the field is both possible and necessary. The Handbook of Restorative Justice meets this need by:

  • Exploring the key concepts and principles of Restorative Justice
  • Examining why it has become the influential social movement it is today
  • Describing the variety of restorative practices and how they developed in different places and contexts, and critically examining their rationale and effects
  • Identifying key tensions and issues within the Restorative Justice movement
  • Analyzing its relationship to more conventional concepts of criminal justice and reviewing ways in which it is being integrated into mainstream responses to crime and wrongdoing.
  • Summarizing the results of evaluations of Restorative Justice schemes and their effectiveness (back cover)

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

Zehr provides an overview of Restorative Justice, restorative principles, and restorative practices. The presentation is clear, concise, and accessible, making it appropriate for academic classes, workshops, and trainings.

Zehr, H. & Toews, B. (eds.) (2004) Critical Issue in Restorative Justice. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.
In a mere quarter-century, Restorative Justice has grown from a few scattered experimental projects into a worldwide social movement and field of study. Moving beyond its origins within criminal justice, Restorative Justice is now being applied in schools, in homes, and in the workplace. The 31 chapters in this book identify the main threats to the integrity and effectiveness of this emerging international movement.