Restoring Community

Restorative Response to Crime and Wrongdoing

Offenders, victims and their supporters all benefit from the free exchange of emotion that happens in a restorative conference. In fact, more than 90% of victims and offenders experience satisfaction and a sense of fairness.

The Real Justice Conference provides a voluntary, structured process that allows participants to discover their common humanity and move forward.

Restorative Justice Conferencing

Restorative Justice Conf

Two books in one volume, Restorative Justice Conferencing combines (1) the official training manual that provides a step-by-step guide to setting up and conducting conferences and (2) actual conference stories to show how conferencing works and how it can change the way our society responds to wrongdoing in schools, criminal justice, the workplace and elsewhere.

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  • Victims have a chance to tell offenders how they have been affected. In expressing their pain and anger, victims can find relief for their feelings of post-traumatic stress.
  • Offenders gain empathy and understanding for those they have harmed — not only their victims, but their own families as well. They also have a chance to repair harm by apologizing and making amends. In so doing, they can shed the “offender” label.
  • Family members and other supporters all have a chance to be heard and begin the process of restoring relationships.


  • Courts and police may use conferencing as a diversion, an alternative sentencing process that saves money and proves more effective. More here.
  • Courts have used conferencing as a healing event for people who have been harmed and offenders after the court process is concluded. More here.
  • Conferencing can be employed by schools in response to truancy and disciplinary incidents, including violence, or as a prevention strategy in the form of role plays of conferences with primary and elementary school students. More here.