Welcome: Teachers, students, researchers, scholars and others interested in restorative justice theory, research and study.
Restorative justice is an increasingly important and interesting movement in criminal justice. A number of academic institutions offer courses on it at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including schools outside the fields of criminology, such as law schools and seminaries.
Research continues to play an important role, which means that there are a number of evidence-based conclusions about its relative strengths compared to the justice system.
This section is divided into three parts: for students, for teachers, and for researchers.
There is a good deal of information on this topic, as you will see. So we start by highlighting resources that address frequently asked questions by each of these groups.
Students: Check out these links. . . .
. . . . for a YouTube video of a victim telling about her restorative encounter with her father's killer . . . .
. . . . for the kinds of crimes restorative practices have been used in (some may surprise you) . . . .
. . . . for information about academic programmes offering a degree in restorative justice . . . .
Teachers: Check out these links. . . .
. . . . for a tutorial called Introduction to Restorative Justice you can assign . . . .
. . . . for syllabi used in restorative justice classes . . . .
. . . . for role plays using restorative practices . . . .
. . . . for one school's plagiarism policy based on restorative justice principles . . . .. . . . for an online educational simulation you can use . . . .
Researchers: Check out these links. . . .
. . . . for the Sherman-Strang report reviewing well-designed research studies comparing restorative justice to criminal justice interventions . . . .
. . . . for other evaluation reports on restorative justice programmes . . . .
. . . . for instruments that have been used in evaluating restorative justice . . . .
. . . . for considerations in conducting evaluations of restorative interventions . . . .
For more in-depth information, take a look at the topics below for many articles and other resources. Also, check out some of the other tabs on the RJ Online home page. Learn the public policy issues concerning restorative justice in Legislative Assembly, for example, and how restorative practices are being incorporated into prison regimes in Prison Cell.
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- Making Amends
- Crime causes harm and the justice response should work to repair those harms. A significant responsibility for that lies with the offender. These articles address some of the ways by which offenders make amends for what they have done.
- Introduction to Restorative Justice
- What is Restorative Justice? An overview, with definitions, slideshows and beginner's tutorials.
- Restorative Justice around the World
- Restorative Justice is a worldwide phenomenon. Here is where to find information about restorative policies, practices and programmes organized by region and country.
- Educational Opportunities
- Websites of academic programmes in restorative justice.
- Restorative Justice Theory
- Articles discussing various theoretical issues ranging from definition to limitations to reintegrative shaming.
- Restorative Justice Course Syllabi
- Syllabi from previously-taught courses in restorative justice.
- Book Reviews
- Provides a listing of book reviews that have appeared on Restorative Justice Online.
- Video Reviews
- Lists the video reviews that have appeared on Restorative Justice Online.
- Real People, Real Stories
- Stories of actual victims, offenders and community members who have participated in restorative processes help illustrate the benefits and limitations of restorative justice practices.
- Practice Manuals
- Manuals from various restorative justice programmes.
- Evaluation Research
- These documents discuss the effectiveness of restorative justice approaches.
- Evaluation Tools
- Instruments that have been used for conducting evaluations of restorative programmes.
- Role Plays Using Restorative Practices
- These role plays provide scenarios to allow students and others in training practice the use of restorative processes.