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Presentations from 15th IIRP World Conference | Bethlehem, PA, USA | August 1-3, 2012
IIRP | 2012-08-16 | details»

View the conference schedule and presentation materials (where provided).

Legislation, Penalties and Prisons: How Much Do They Promote Citizen Security (and How Much Do They Not)?
Jean Schmitz | 2012-08-03 | details»

Presented by Jean Schmitz in a plenary session on August 3, 2012, at the 15th IIRP World Conference, Building a Restorative Practices Learning Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, August 1-3, 2012

 

Whole-school Change through Restorative Practices
Steve Korr, Laura Mirsky | 2012-08-02 | details»

Presented by Steve Korr in a plenary session on August 2, 2012, at the 15th IIRP World Conference, Building a Restorative Practices Learning Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, August 1-3, 2012

The Offspring of Restorative Justice: Understanding the Power of Restorative Practices in Residential Communities
Stacey Miller, Christina Olstad | 2012-08-01 | details»

Presented by Stacey Miller in a plenary session on August 1, 2012, at the 15th IIRP World Conference, Building a Restorative Practices Learning Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, August 1-3, 2012

Restorative Practices at the House of Love Soup Kitchen
Tamam Moncur | 2012-04-13 | details»

The House of Love Soup Kitchen in Newark, New Jersey, USA, is employing restorative restorative practices, building an engaged community of clients and volunteers who are working togeher.

FaithCARE: Creating Restorative Congregations
Joshua Wachtel | 2012-03-15 | details»

Based in Ontario, Canada, FaithCARE is a program focused on transforming conflict and building healthy community in religious congregations. This article includes stories about the program's work and interviews with its leaders.

Commitments to Reconciliation: A Review of Reconciliation and Architectures of Commitment: Sequencing Peace in Bougainville
Frida Rundell | 2012-02-24 | details»

The second book in The Peacebuilding Compared Project, led by restorative justice pioneer John Braithwaite, addresses peacebuilding efforts in the long-beleaguered South Pacific island of Bougainville and answers questions about what works best to build peace. The book is reviewed and summarized by IIRP founding faculty member Frida Rundell.

 

Restorative Practices in Hungary: An Ex-prisoner is Reintegrated into the Community
Vidia Negrea | 2011-11-08 | details»

Vidia Negrea, representative of Community Service Foundation of Hungary, the Hungarian affiliate of the IIRP, tells how she shepherded a multi-part intervention, involving both restorative circles and family group conferencing/family group decision making (FGC/FGDM), which helped a prison inmate — imprisoned for 12 years for murder — become a productive member of society.

Structured Support and Accountability: 
Community Service Foundation’s Restorative Reporting Centers
Suzanne Cope | 2011-10-11 | details»

Community Service Foundation (CSF), which operates model programs of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, developed the Restorative Reporting Centers (RRC) in partnership with the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, Department of Juvenile Probation. Instead of sending youth away to residential placement, this community-based program allows them to remain home with their families and in their home schools and immerses them in an intensive environment of restorative practices during evenings and weekends. The model aims to reduce recidivism by holding youth accountable for their behavior and enabling them to make positive changes in their lives, while also addressing the need for community safety. Family engagement is an essential program component. This article includes information on how the program operates and interviews with youth, family members and program developers.

Turning The Tide: Bringing Restorative Practices to Schools, Organizations, Workplaces and Communities
Laura Mirsky, Joshua Wachtel | 2011-08-25 | details»

A report on the IIRP’s first participatory symposium, which brought together 42 professionals to share and strategize about how to implement and sustain restorative practices in a wide range of settings. Accompanied by a video of the event.

Prácticas Restaurativas en América Latina: Parte 2
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-08-05 | details»

Estamos incrementando nuestros esfuerzos en todo Latinoamérica para hacer frente a las consecuencias sociales de la pobreza y la violencia. Las prácticas restaurativas proporcionan una perspectiva que resulta atractiva para muchos de los que están trabajando con el objetivo de reunir a las personas para que resuelvan sus problemas y así, transformar la naturaleza de la sociedad.

Este artículo de dos partes escrito por Joshua Wachtel discute cómo es que los individuos en Latinoamérica están implementando las prácticas restaurativas en sus organizaciones, escuelas y comunidades. La Parte uno del artículo aborda los casos de Nicaragua, Panamá y Colombia. La Parte dos habla sobre México y Perú y hace referencia al trabajo realizado en Brasil.

Restorative Practices in Latin America: Part 2
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-08-05 | details»

Throughout Latin America there are growing efforts to confront the social consequences of poverty and violence. Restorative practices provides an outlook that is appealing to many who are working to bring people together to resolve problems and transform the nature of society.  This two-part article discusses how individuals in Latin America are implementing restorative practices in their organizations, schools and communities. Part one discusses Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia. Part two talks about Mexico and Peru and references work in Brazil.

Prácticas Restaurativas en América Latina: Parte 1
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-08-05 | details»

Estamos incrementando nuestros esfuerzos en todo Latinoamérica para hacer frente a las consecuencias sociales de la pobreza y la violencia. Las prácticas restaurativas proporcionan una perspectiva que resulta atractiva para muchos de los que están trabajando con el objetivo de reunir a las personas para que resuelvan sus problemas y así, transformar la naturaleza de la sociedad.

Este artículo de dos partes escrito por Joshua Wachtel discute cómo es que los individuos en Latinoamérica están implementando las prácticas restaurativas en sus organizaciones, escuelas y comunidades. La Parte uno del artículo aborda los casos de Nicaragua, Panamá y Colombia. La Parte dos habla sobre México y Perú y hace referencia al trabajo realizado en Brasil.

Restorative Practices in Latin America: Part 1
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-08-05 | details»

Throughout Latin America there are growing efforts to confront the social consequences of poverty and violence. Restorative practices provides an outlook that is appealing to many who are working to bring people together to resolve problems and transform the nature of society.  This two-part article discusses how individuals in Latin America are implementing restorative practices in their organizations, schools and communities. Part one discusses Nicaragua, Panama and Colombia. Part two talks about Mexico and Peru and references work in Brazil.

Ambassadors for Restorative Practices: The Fourth Commencement of the IIRP Graduate School
Laura Mirsky | 2011-07-20 | details»

The fourth commencement of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School, on June 25th, 2011, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, included 35 graduates and a crowd of 230-plus family and friends. Just two days before, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted the IIRP official accreditation status. This article includes a link to a video of a "talking circle" with 10 graduates speaking about their IIRP experience.

Presentations from IIRP's 14th World Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | June 15-17, 2011
IIRP | 2011-06-30 | details»

View the conference schedule and presentation materials (where provided).

An Introduction to the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program (NSRJP)
Janet Briggs | 2011-06-14 | details»

This article by the manager of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program gives a history of the program from its start in 1977 as well as major program components and goals. 

Welcome to Halifax
Jennifer Llewellyn | 2011-06-13 | details»

The director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance  (NSRJ-CURA), which cosponsored the June 2011 IIRP World Conference, welcomes conference attendees and explains the history and focus of NSRJ-CURA.

Netherlands Child Protection Law Grants Families the Right to Make a Plan
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-06-07 | details»

The Netherlands Parliament recently voted to amend the Child Protection Act, which grants parents or guardians of a child the right to meet with family and close family supporters to make their own plan regarding how to care for the child, before the state and courts are permitted to intervene. This article includes an interview with Rob van Pagée, director of the nonprofit organization Eigen Kracht Centrale, the Netherlands leader in family group conferencing or FGC (known as family group decision making or FGDM in the US), which led lobbying efforts for the amendment.

Restorative Practices: Whole-School Change to Build Safer, Saner School Communities
Laura Mirsky | 2011-05-26 | details»

The IIRP’s two-year Whole-School Change Program is being implemented in 22 schools across the US. In this article by Laura Mirsky, teachers, administrators and other school staff talk about their experiences with the Whole-School Change implementation process and share stories about how restorative practices is affecting their school communities and themselves. Some preliminary data is included, as well.

How Restorative Practices Made Me a High School Principal
Thomas Fertal | 2011-04-12 | details»

The principal of Lancaster Catholic High School, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, tells how his use of restorative practices with school staff, parents, students and the entire school community brought about his advancement to principal and has enhanced the school since then.

The Restorative Approach in Nova Scotia: A Partnership of Government, Communities and Schools
Mary Shafer, Laura Mirsky | 2011-04-01 | details»

Through a combination of grassroots efforts and government support, Nova Scotia, Canada, has the potential to become "a restorative province." This article by Mary Shafer and Laura Mirsky tells how the restorative approach is being implemented in schools and communities and includes interviews with education and agency professionals.

Healing After a Student Suicide: Restorative Circles at the University of Vermont
Joshua Wachtel | 2011-02-16 | details»

When a student committed suicide at the University of Vermont, the school community was well prepared to deal with the tragedy because they had been trained in the use of restorative practices such as responsive circles. This article by Joshua Wachtel tells how these processes were brought into play.

Presentations from IIRP's 13th World Conference in Hull, UK | October 13-15, 2010
IIRP | 2010-10-29 | details»

View the conference schedule and presentation materials (where provided).

Welcome to Hull, the World's First Restorative City, Site of the 2010 IIRP World Conference: Restorative Practices Across Disciplines
IIRP | 2010-10-12 | details»

Nigel Richardson, Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Hull City Council, discusses how Hull is endeavoring to become the world's first restorative city, on the occasion of the IIRP 13th World Conference, "Restorative Practices Across Disciplines," in Hull, England, UK.

Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Restorative Prison Program for Violent Offenders
Laura Mirsky | 2010-10-07 | details»

The Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) has transformed the culture of a prison dorm for violent offenders in San Francisco, California, USA, along with the inmates’ entrenched violent behavior, by employing the principles of restorative practices. This article includes stories, implementation information and research data about RSVP.

Restorative Services: Bringing a Framework for Improved School Culture to Public Schools
Lynn Welden | 2010-09-21 | details»

The Restorative Services program is bringing restorative practices to schools, in response to a growing need on the part of public schools to deal with at-risk students onsite instead of sending them away to alternative programs. The program was developed by Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) — which operate day-treatment schools, foster homes and supervision programs for at-risk youth in eastern Pennsylvania, USA, and are model programs of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School. This article tells of several schools' experiences with the program and includes comments from teachers and program leaders.

“Beyond All Belief” — Restorative Practices at St Edmund’s Primary School, Norfolk, UK
Lisa Cook | 2010-09-01 | details»

St Edmund’s Community Foundation School, for children 3 to 11 years old, in North Lynn, Norfolk, UK, received restorative practices training in April 2010. This article by Lisa Cook, headteacher of St Edmunds, talks about what a huge difference restorative practices has made at her school in a short period of time.

IIRP Summer Training Institute Spreads Restorative Practices Worldwide
Laura Mirsky | 2010-08-24 | details»

Fifty criminal justice, education and social service professionals attended the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) sixth annual Summer Training Institute (STI), in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, July 26-30, 2010. In this article, seven STI participants from across the world discuss the challenges they face in their respective environments, from the prison to the school room,  as well as their hopes for how restorative practices can help them in their work.

Huikahi Restorative Circles
Lorenn Walker, Rebecca Greening | 2010-07-20 | details»

The Huikahi Restorative Circle is a group reentry planning process involving the incarcerated individual, his or her family and friends and at least one prison representative. This article in the June 2010 issue of Federal Probation provides a history and philosophy of this restorative practice, as well as outcome data regarding those who have participated in the process, which show extremely high participant satisfaction rates as well as significantly less recidivism than current state of Hawai'i and national rates.

The Movement Continues: The Third Commencement of the IIRP Graduate School
Laura Mirsky | 2010-06-25 | details»

Nineteen women and men received their master’s degrees in restorative practices from the IIRP Graduate School at the joyous commencement ceremony on June 19, 2010, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.  All the graduates spoke, and IIRP trustee Dr. Muriel Berkeley, president of the Baltimore Curriculum Project, gave the commencement address.

Mexico and New Orleans Learn About Restorative Practices
Laura Mirsky | 2010-06-11 | details»

Participants from Mexico and New Orleans, both of which are experiencing high incidences of crime and violence, recently attended special immersions in restorative practices. This article includes interviews with several attendees from each event.

My Life and Work with Restorative Practices
Judy Happ, Laura Mirsky | 2010-05-25 | details»

Judy Happ, vice president for administration at the IIRP Graduate School and president of Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, delivered the alumni commencement address, at Shippensburg University’s School of Graduate Studies, in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA, on May 7, 2010.

Guidelines for Family Group Decision Making in Child Welfare
American Humane Association and the FGDM Guidelines Committee | 2010-05-18 | details»

American Humane’s National Center on Family Group Decision Making, in coordination with the FGDM Guidelines Committee, has published Guidelines for Family Group Decision Making in Child Welfare, a comprehensive 63-page handbook covering all aspects of the FGDM process and philosophy, from basic explanations, history and values to detailed descriptions of the role of the coordinator, the referral process, preparation, the family meeting, follow-up and administrative support.

Restorative Practices in Hungary — Transforming Schools and Prisons
Laura Mirsky | 2010-05-14 | details»

Vidia Negrea, director of Community Service Foundation (CSF) Hungary, has been working in conjunction with the Hungarian Ministry of Justice, the city of Budapest, the Sycamore Tree Project of Prison Fellowship International and the SOS Children’s Village to spread the practices throughout the country in education, criminal justice and social services. This article includes an interview with Negrea and stories about implementation.

Restorative Conference Facilitator Script
IIRP | 2010-04-20 | details»

Script for facilitators of restorative conferences.

The Sanctuary Model: A Restorative Approach for Human Services Organizations
Laura Mirsky | 2010-03-03 | details»

The Sanctuary Model is a non-hierarchical, highly participatory, “trauma-informed and evidence-supported” operating system for human services organizations, which helps them function in a humane, democratic and socially responsible manner and thereby provide effective treatment for clients in a clinical setting. This article by Laura Mirsky includes an overview of the model, as well as interviews with Dr. Bloom and Sanctuary Institute director Sarah Yanosy.

Coming Together for Sam: FGDM (FGC) Helps a Family Find a Solution of Its Own
Lynn Welden | 2010-01-19 | details»

This article by Lynn M. Welden of the IIRP talks about the process and progression of a family group decision making (AKA family group conferencing or FGC) conference that helped a 17-year-old boy who was struggling with drug-related issues take better control of his life. The conference also helped the family in ways they didn't expect, enhancing their connections and relationships.

My Classroom’s Journey with Restorative Practices
Deanna Webb | 2010-01-07 | details»

This article by Deanna L. Webb, an eighth-grade special education teacher at a middle school in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA, and a June 2009 IIRP Master of Restorative Practices and Education recipient, talks about how her creative, day-to-day implementation of restorative practices have helped make her classroom a thriving community where staff and students help each other to learn and grow.

Beautiful Humans: The IIRP’s 12th World Conference
Laura Mirsky | 2009-12-18 | details»

Intellectually stimulating and soul-nourishing, the IIRP's October 2009 conference was a celebration of restorative practices created by everyone who attended, whether or not they presented a session. This article by Laura Mirsky includes coverage of the plenary sessions and a random selection of breakout sessions.

The Children's Aid Society of New York — A New Start for Disconnected Youth
Abbey Porter, Laura Mirsky | 2009-12-07 | details»

The Children’s Aid Society of New York is successfully employing restorative practices in its work with youth in several of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. This article by Abbey J. Porter and Laura Mirsky includes comments from Ana Bermudez, director of The Children’s Aid Society’s juvenile justice programs, as well as stories about how the practices are being implemented.

Papers from the 12th IIRP World Conference
IIRP | 2009-11-13 | details»

On October 21-23, 2009, nearly three hundred educators, social service, criminal justice and other professionals from 15 countries and 18 U.S. states gathered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 12th IIRP World Conference, "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World, Part 2." Like all IIRP conferences, the event was acclaimed by attendees as a wonderful opportunity to support each other’s efforts and share success stories and questions around restorative practices

Understanding Victims of Crime and Their Need to Deal with the Victim/Offender Trauma Bond: The 15 Elements of the Crime Victim Detour
Wilma Derksen | 2009-10-23 | details»

Paper by Wilma Derksen, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World Part 2," the IIRP's 12th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 21-23, 2008, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

System Rationality Encounters Lifeworld Rationality: The SONI Approach to FGC
Frank Früchtel, Guy Burns | 2009-10-23 | details»

Paper by Frank Früchtel, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World Part 2," the IIRP's 12th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 21-23, 2008, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

My Restorative Journey and the Story of Hull, UK
Estelle Macdonald | 2009-10-22 | details»

Paper by Estelle MacDonald, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World Part 2," the IIRP's 12th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 21-23, 2008, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Restorative Justice? What's That?
Howard Zehr | 2009-10-22 | details»

Paper by Howard Zehr, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World Part 2," the IIRP's 12th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 21-23, 2008, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Restorative Collaboration: The Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program
Jennifer Llewellyn | 2009-10-21 | details»

Paper by Jennifer Llewellyn, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World Part 2," the IIRP's 12th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 21-23, 2008, Bethlehem, PA, USA.

Reflections on the Restorative Conference Facilitator's Script
Kate Shapero | 2009-10-14 | details»

This article, adapted from an essay by Kate Shapero, who is pursuing a Master of Restorative Practices and Education at the IIRP Graduate School, examines the reasons for each step in the restorative conference facilitator’s script, as delineated in the Conferencing Handbook, by Terry O’Connell, Ben Wachtel and Ted Wachtel.

Family Group Decision Making Helps Prison Inmates Reintegrate into Society
Deni Thurman-Eyer, Laura Mirsky | 2009-09-21 | details»

Family group decision making (FGDM), also known as family group conferencing (FGC), is proving to be a beneficial restorative practice to help reintegrate prison inmates back into society. This article by Deni Thurman-Eyer and Laura Mirsky addresses restorative FGDM/FGC programs in prisons in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA, and in Hungary.

"Federal Probation" Publishes Paper on "Pono Kaulike: Restorative Justice and Solution-Focused Approaches to Domestic Violence in Hawaii"
IIRP | 2009-07-28 | details»

This paper by Lorenn Walker and Leslie A. Hayashi covers facilitated restorative justice processes, combined with solution-focused brief therapy, with subjects who plead guilty to crimes ranging from harassment to negligent homicide. Program results were highly positive in terms of both participant satisfaction and recidivism.

The Second Commencement Ceremony of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School
Laura Mirsky | 2009-07-09 | details»

June 20, 2009 marked the second commencement of the IIRP Graduate School, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. This article by Laura Mirsky shares stories about some of the 14 master's degree recipients and reports on the commencement address, which was delivered by restorative justice pioneer Terry O'Connell, director of IIRP affiliate Real Justice Australia.

U.K. Ministry of Justice Report Finds Restorative Justice Conferencing Reduces Reoffending an Average of 27 Percent, Satisfies Victims and Saves Money
IIRP | 2009-07-07 | details»

The evaluation by the University of Sheffield, entitled "Does restorative justice affect reconviction?", reports on seven trials beginning in 2001, conducted by Cambridge University and funded by the U.K. Home Office. Click here to read the full report (PDF).

Restorative Practices and the Transformation at West Philadelphia High School
Laura Mirsky | 2009-06-22 | details»

The climate of this urban high school, which was on Pennsylvania's "Persistently Dangerous Schools" list, has undergone enormous changes, due to strong leadership and restorative practices, as reported in this article by Laura Mirsky.

New IIRP report — "Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices"
IIRP | 2009-05-19 | details»

In this 36-page PDF document, IIRP Director of Research Sharon Lewis presents disciplinary and other data from U.S., Canadian and British schools that have implemented restorative practices. From the preface: "Taken together and 'in their own words,' it is clear that restorative practices is having a positive effect on the lives of many students and is changing the climate of many schools."

Restorative Community Policing in the UK: Dorset, Cheshire and Norfolk Constables Point the Way
Joshua Wachtel | 2009-05-15 | details»

Police throughout the UK are making restorative practices their first line of defense for dealing with neighborhood disputes, first-time and low-level youth offenders, youth crime in schools, and some adult cases, resulting in high victim satisfaction and reductions in offending, as reported in this article by Joshua Wachtel.

Power, Authority and Restorative Practices
John Bailie | 2009-04-03 | details»

This article by John Bailie, IIRP assistant director of training and consulting and lecturer at the IIRP Graduate School, explains how restorative environments can empower individuals and communities to realize their full social potential, as opposed to punitive, top-down environments, which can produce resentment, resistance and the formation of negative subcultures.

Toward Peace and Justice in Brazil: Dominic Barter and Restorative Circles
Joshua Wachtel | 2009-03-20 | details»

Dominic Barter has helped bring restorative practices to the poverty-ridden favelas (shantytowns) of urban Brazil, where violence is endemic. This article by Joshua Wachtel includes information about a model for nonviolent communication, restorative circles, which is proving highly effective in resolving conflicts in schools, criminal justice and other settings.

Empowering the Next Generation: Restorative Practices in a Preschool
Marie-Isabelle Pautz | 2009-02-26 | details»

Marie-Isabelle Pautz, an IIRP One-Year FastTrack Master’s Degree candidate in Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling, is seeing wonderful results implementing restorative practices in a preschool. This article includes excerpts from a paper written for her YC/ED 510, Professional Learning Group (PLG) Seminar: Restorative Project.

Hull, UK, on Track to Becoming a Restorative City
Laura Mirsky | 2009-01-12 | details»

All children- and youth-serving professionals in this UK city are being trained in restorative practices, with highly positive results. This article by Laura Mirsky includes interviews with education, criminal justice and social service professionals.

Restorative Justice Reduces Crime and Saves Money: UK Ministry of Justice Report
Joshua Wachtel | 2008-12-23 | details»

This article by Joshua Wachtel analyzes the fourth and final report in a series sponsored by the British Home Office. This research provided evidence that face-to-face restorative justice conferences both reduce crime and provide a cost saving to government.

Federal Probation publishes paper on court-centered restorative justice pilot program in Hawai'i
Lorenn Walker, Leslie Hayashi | 2008-12-01 | details»

This paper by Lorenn Walker and Leslie A. Hayashi describes a program in Hawai'i that provides three different restorative justice practices, combined with a "solution-focused approach." The program was conceived and has been implemented by the nonprofit Hawai'i Friends of Civic and Law Related Education, in collaboration with the District Court of the First Circuit in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Papers from the 11th IIRP World Conference, Toronto 2008
IIRP | 2008-12-01 | details»

View papers from the 11th IIRP World Conference, held October 22-24, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Restorative Justice Pioneer Terry O'Connell Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Terry O'Connell | 2008-10-31 | details»

Terry O’Connell, director of Real Justice Australia (a division of the IIRP) and developer of what is now the Real Justice restorative conference model was awarded an honorary doctorate by Australian Catholic University. His speech offered his reflections on his years of involvement with restorative practices, along with insights into the reasons for the effectiveness of the practices.

Restorative Justice Pioneer Terry O'Connell Awarded Honorary Doctorate: Offers Reflections in Speech
Terry O'Connell | 2008-10-31 | details»

Terry O'Connell, director of Real Justice Australia (a division of the IIRP) and developer of what is now the Real Justice restorative conference model was awarded an honorary doctorate by Australian Catholic University. His speech offered his reflections on his years of involvement with restorative practices, along with insights into the reasons for the effectiveness of the practices.

Restorative Practices in Brazil's Youth Justice and Public School Systems
Dominic Barter | 2008-10-23 | details»

Paper (PDF) by Dominic Barter, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World," the IIRP's 11th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 22-24, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

Family Decision Making in a Changing Context
Cathy Ashley | 2008-10-22 | details»

Paper (PDF)by Cathy Ashley, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World," the IIRP's 11th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 22-24, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

Restorative Practices in Canadian Schools: An Evolving Journey
Bruce Schenk, Lynn Zammit, Rusty Hick, Helen Fox | 2008-10-22 | details»

Paper (PDF) by Bruce Schenk, Helen Fox, Rusty Hick, Lynn Zammit, presented in a plenary session at "Restoring Community in a Disconnected World," the IIRP's 11th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, October 22-24, 2008, Toronto, Canada.

Restorative Practices at Integrated College Dungannon, Northern Ireland, a High School for Protestant and Catholic Students
Joshua Wachtel | 2008-09-28 | details»

This article by Joshua Wachtel is about a school that's part of the “integrated education” movement (a response to “The Troubles,” the continuing conflicts, frequently violent, between British rule and Irish nationalists) and how it is implementing restorative practices throughout its school culture.

New Colorado Law Authorizes Restorative Justice Conferences for Adjudicated Youth, Part 2
Joshua Wachtel | 2008-07-17 | details»

This article (part two of two) by Joshua Wachtel covers several Colorado programs that are using restorative practices with youth in schools and youth justice settings and includes interviews with practitioners and administrators.

Not Just a Degree, a Movement: The IIRP Graduate School Confers its First 14 Master's Degrees
Laura Mirsky | 2008-06-25 | details»

On June 21, 2008, the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School held its first commencement ceremony, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. John Braithwaite, a major force in the restorative justice movement, gave the commencement address. This article by Laura Mirsky includes ceremony highlights.

Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont): Analysis of Students Discharged During Three School Years (2003-2006)
Paul McCold, Ansik Chang | 2008-06-10 | details»

The study, in progress since 1999, by the IIRP's Dr. Paul McCold and Ansik Chang, highlights decreases in offending among 3,928 youth discharged from Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy's (CSF Buxmont's) restorative programs over a seven-year period. The latest (third) research effort, conducted 2003-2006, confirms results of the previous two studies, showing a dramatic decline in offending rates, achieved through the systematic use of restorative practices, that diminishes only modestly over time.

New Colorado Law Authorizes Restorative Justice Conferences for Adjudicated Youth
Joshua Wachtel | 2008-05-21 | details»

A new Colorado, USA, law gives judges the authority to offer accused young offenders the legal option to voluntarily participate in RJ processes. This article  (part one of two) by Joshua Wachtel includes interviews with the bill's sponsors and authors as well as Colorado youth RJ practitioners.

CSF Buxmont: The Power of Community
Brenda Lange | 2008-04-22 | details»

When a student at Community Service Foundation/Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) school in Trevose, Pennsylvania, USA (a demonstration program of the IIRP), encountered a grave family crisis, the support he received from his fellow students in the CSF Buxmont community helped him turn a corner and take charge of his life. This article by freelance journalist Brenda Lange includes interviews with students and with CSF Buxmont Trevose coordinator Ed Krajewski.

High School in Singapore Adopts Restorative Practices
Joshua Wachtel | 2008-03-14 | details»

Singapore's Ping Yi High School is one of four pilot schools chosen by the Ministry of Education to receive training and begin using restorative practices. This article by Joshua Wachtel includes interviews with teachers and adminstrators.

Australian Radio Program Presents Show on Restorative Justice
IIRP | 2008-02-25 | details»

The show presents views from criminologists Lawrence Sherman, Kathleen Daly and Chris Cunneen, and CEO of the Centre for Restorative Justice, South Australia, Leigh Garrett.

Research Shows that Social and Emotional Learning Improves Academic Achievement
Laura Mirsky | 2008-01-28 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky reports on a four-year meta-analysis by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning confirming that school-based social and emotional learning programs that help students build positive relationships, develop empathy, and resolve conflicts respectfully and cooperatively also have a positive effect on academic performance.

Restorative Practices in Australia's Schools: Strong Relationships and Multi-School Summits Help Schools “Be and Learn” Together
Lynn Welden | 2008-01-14 | details»

This article by Lynn M. Welden talks about how restorative practices is spreading in schools throughout New South Wales and South Australia, aided by multi-school summits or forums, where staff meet to share their implementation experiences.

Happy 30th Anniversary CSF
Laura Mirsky | 2007-12-21 | details»

In December 1977, the Community Service Foundation (CSF) welcomed its first client. This article by Laura Mirsky traces the history of CSF and Buxmont Academy from 1977 to the present, including the creation of the International Institute for Restorative Practices Graduate School and Training and Consulting Division.

Effective and Humane Youth Policy Starts by Treating Youth with Respect
Rodney Skager | 2007-12-17 | details»

Rodney Skager, professor emeritus, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, co-director of the California Student Survey sponsored by the Office of the California Attorney General, and consultant to the Drug Policy Alliance, made this presentation at the October 2007 National Conference on Safe Schools in Washington, D.C., on the infantilization of youth as a root cause of oppositional behavior, the criminalization of young people and alternatives to current thinking and practice.

Improving Citizenship and Restoring Community: The 10th Conference of the International Institute for Restorative Practices
Borbála Fellegi | 2007-12-10 | details»

This report on the conference, which took place in Budapest, Hungary, on November 7-9, 2007, is by Borbála Fellegi, a Ph.D. Researcher in social policy and criminology at Eötvös Loránd (ELTE) University, Budapest, Hungary, and is available in both English and Hungarian.

Papers from the 10th IIRP World Conference, Budapest 2007
IIRP | 2007-12-01 | details»

View papers from the 10th IIRP World Conference, held November 7-9, 2007, in Budapest, Hungary.

Restorative Conferencing in Thailand: A Resounding Success with Juvenile Crime
Abbey Porter | 2007-11-30 | details»

The Thais have developed a restorative conferencing model used in many thousands of juvenile justice cases with highly encouraging results. This article by Abbey J. Porter includes an interview with Wanchai Roujanavong, director general of Thailand's Department of Corrections.

A Restorative Community Circle
Lynn Welden | 2007-11-20 | details»

When ongoing vandalism by local youth affected Buxmont Academy Trevose and the surrounding neighborhood, school coordinator Ed Krajewski facilitated a restorative talking circle. Buxmont Academy Trevose is one of eight alternative schools operated by the Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont) in Pennsylvania, USA (demonstration programs of the IIRP). This article by Lynn M. Welden talks about how the talking circle helped remedy the situation and includes interviews with Krajewski and circle participants.

Restorative Practices in Workplaces
Les Davey | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Les Davey, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

A Different Way: Supervision at a Day Shelter for Homeless Women in Sweden
Eva Fahlström Borg | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Eva Fahlström Borg, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Victim-Offender Mediation in Hungary
Erszébet Hatvani | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Erzsébet Hatvani, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Face to Face
Mária Herczog | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Mária Herczog, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

About the Jumpstart Programme of the Zöld kakas líceum
Mária Kerényi | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Mária Kerényi, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

The Experience of SOS Children's Villages Association Hungary
Gyöngyvér Magyar | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Gyöngyvér Magyar, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Restorative Practices in a Canadian School Context
Bruce Schenk | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Bruce Schenk, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Citizens First: FGDM Promotes Citizenship
Robert van Pagée | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Robert van Pagée, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Restorative Practices: A Vision of Hope
Ted Wachtel | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Ted Wachtel, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

The Origins of Restorative Conferencing
Terry O'Connell | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Terry O'Connell, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Big Changes Start with Little Steps
Vidia Negrea | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Vidia Negrea, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

Making Sense of Restorative Practices Research
Paul McCold | 2007-11-07 | details»

Paper by Paul McCold, presented in a plenary session at "Improving Citizenship & Restoring Community," the IIRP's 10th International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, November 7-9, 2007, Budapest, Hungary.

The Netherlands' Eigen Kracht Holds 1000th Family Group Conference
Joshua Wachtel | 2007-11-02 | details»

Eigen Kracht, a non-governmental social service agency in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has conducted over 1000 family group conferences (known as family group decision making in the US). This article by Joshua Wachtel contains an interview with Eigen Kracht head Rob van Pagée about the practice and philosophy of the organization and stories about FGCs.

Restoring Community in a Disconnected World: The Inaugural Address of IIRP Graduate School Founding President Ted Wachtel
Ted Wachtel | 2007-10-25 | details»

The inauguration ceremony, on Monday, October 8, 2007, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, was attended by several hundred IIRP, Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy staff, friends, family members and dignitaries. Ted Wachtel's inaugural address and ceremony photos can be viewed in our online library.

A Family Plan Forged Out of Commitment and Love: An FGDM Story
Lynn Welden | 2007-10-10 | details»

A Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) conference helped an extended family devise a plan for a teenage girl who was having a lot of trouble in her life. This article by Lynn Welden includes interviews with family members, juvenile justice professionals and Community Service Foundation FGDM facilitators, along with an overview of the FGDM process.

Restorative Programs Help Hawaii Inmates Reconnect with Community
Abbey Porter | 2007-09-25 | details»

Two restorative justice prison initiatives, launched by Lorenn Walker of Hawaii Friends of Civic and Law Related Education, bring inmates together with people they've wronged to repair harm and plan for transition back into the community. The programs also offer inmates restorative justice facilitator training. This article by Abbey J. Porter includes information on the programs and interviews with Walker, project principals, and inmates.

American Psychological Association Report Challenges School Zero Tolerance Policies and Recommends Restorative Justice
Doug Graves, Laura Mirsky | 2007-09-05 | details»

A report issued by the American Psychological Association challenges U.S. school zero tolerance policies and recommends restorative justice. This article by Doug Graves and Laura Mirsky provides details from the APA report.

Full report of evaluation of restorative practices in 3 Scottish councils
Jean Kane, Gwynedd Lloyd, Gillean McCluskey, Sheila Riddell, Joan Stead, Elisabet Weedon, Roseann Maguire, Richard Hendry | 2007-08-31 | details»

The Scottish Executive (government) released this report, an evaluation of two years of implementation of restorative practices in 18 schools in three local authorities. The report states that restorative practices "can offer a powerful and effective approach to promoting harmonious relationships in school and to the successful resolution of conflict and harm."

Building Family Empowerment: CSF Buxmont's Individual Service Plans
Lynn Welden | 2007-08-17 | details»

This article by Lynn Welden traces the development of restorative ISPs at Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy programs for struggling youth (demonstration programs for the International Institute for Restorative Practices).

Healing in Our Land: Jamaica Hosts International Conference on Restorative Justice
Joshua Wachtel | 2007-07-12 | details»

The government of Jamaica is engaged in a program to promote the use of restorative justice. This article by Joshua Wachtel covers an RJ training and international conference in the island nation, assisted by the IIRP, and includes interviews with people who've been central to the RJ implementation process.

Restorative Practices in Schools: Research Reveals Power of Restorative Approach, Part II
Abbey Porter | 2007-06-06 | details»

Part II of this two-part article by Abbey J. Porter provides information on several evaluations of restorative practices in schools by educational and governmental groups, as well as interviews with associated researchers, practitioners and educators. Findings include a drop in disciplinary problems, decreased reliance on detention and suspension, and an improvement in student attitudes.

Restorative Justice: The Evidence — Report Draws Attention to RJ in the UK
Joshua Wachtel | 2007-05-16 | details»

The study, "Restorative Justice: The Evidence," headed by Dr. Lawrence W. Sherman and Dr. Heather Strang, concludes that restorative justice is as or more effective than traditional methods of criminal justice for reducing crime, and is also more satisfying and beneficial to victims. This article, by Joshua Wachtel, covers the study's principal data and conclusions and includes comments by Dr. Strang and others.

Restorative Practices in Schools: Research Reveals Power of Restorative Approach, Part I
Abbey Porter | 2007-03-21 | details»

Part I of this two-part article by Abbey J. Porter looks at what educators and school trainers say about the benefits and strategies of successfully implementing restorative methods. Includes interviews with educators from around the world who are implementing restorative practices in schools.

An Eloquent Expression of Restorative Justice
IIRP | 2007-03-21 | details»

BBC Radio has posted a "Lent Talk" by prominent UK barrister Cherie Booth, QC (Queen's Counsel), about the themes of restorative justice in the story of Zacchaeus. (Booth is married to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.) She also tells several contemporary restorative justice stories. Her talk is an eloquent expression of the essence of restorative justice. Available on the web as text or audio.

 

RJ in the Land of the Long White Cloud: New Zealand Embraces Restorative Justice for Adult Offenders
Joshua Wachtel | 2007-03-15 | details»

New Zealand has made considerable progress in implementing restorative justice for adult offenders. This article, by Joshua Wachtel, traces the latest RJ developments, through interviews with criminal justice professionals from the courts, other government agencies and community social-service groups.

Justifying Restorative Justice: A Theoretical Justification for the Use of Restorative Justice Practices
Zvi Gabbay | 2007-02-23 | details»

This article by Zvi D. Gabbay, analyzes the premises of the main theories of punishment that influence sentencing policies in Western countries and compares them to the basic values of restorative justice. Originally published by the Journal of Dispute Resolution, a publication of the Center for Dispute Resolution of the University of Missouri School of Law.

United Nations Releases "Handbook of Restorative Justice Programmes"
Joshua Wachtel | 2007-01-12 | details»

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime's Criminal Justice Reform Unit has published a Handbook on Restorative Justice Programmes - an introduction to the theory and practice of restorative justice and a guide for nations and practitioners that wish to implement restorative justice. This article by Joshua Wachtel includes interviews with some of its contributors and a link to the handbook.

Restorative Conferencing for Serious Offenses: An Exploration
Laura Mirsky, Ted Wachtel | 2006-12-05 | details»

This article by Ted Wachtel and Laura Mirsky discusses a "do-it-yourself" seminar kit offered by the IIRP and Real Justice, for groups to examine the use of conferencing in response to serious offenses. The kit includes the award-winning "Facing the Demons" documentary and interviews with conference participants, practitioners and associated professionals. The article includes excerpts from some of these interviews.

Papers from the 9th IIRP World Conference, Bethlehem 2006
IIRP | 2006-12-01 | details»

View papers from the 9th IIRP World Conference, held October 18-20, 2006, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

The IIRP's International Conference Takes the Next Step: Restorative Communities
Laura Mirsky | 2006-11-14 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky provides an overview of the IIRP's eighth international conference, "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," in the IIRP's hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, October 18-20, 2006.

Restorative Approaches in Scottish Schools: Transformations and Challenges
Jean Kane, Gwynedd Lloyd, Gillean McCluskey, Sheila Riddell, Joan Stead, Elisabet Weedon | 2006-10-20 | details»

Paper by Gwynedd Lloyd, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

Family Group Decision Making: My Steps in the Journey
Laura Rush | 2006-10-20 | details»

Paper by Laura Rush, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

Restorative Practices in the Souderton Area School District
Christopher Hey, Gail Ryan | 2006-10-19 | details»

Paper by Christopher Hey and Gail Ryan, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

Restorative Practices in Israel: The State of the Field
Anat Goldstein | 2006-10-19 | details»

Paper by Anat Goldstein, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

Sefton Centre for Restorative Practices: Heading for a Restorative Community
Mark Finnis, Paul Moran | 2006-10-18 | details»

Paper by Mark Finnis and Paul Moran, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

An Invitation to RJ CitySM
Daniel Van Ness | 2006-10-18 | details»

Paper by Daniel Van Ness, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP's 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006.

The Game: Restorative Community Supervision for Adult Offenders
Joshua Wachtel | 2006-09-20 | details»

A restorative model for supervising adult offenders in community-based programs, The Game was developed by Grahame Chaseling, an Australian corrections officer. This article by Joshua Wachtel includes information and stories about The Game, as well as details about Chaseling's other restorative work.

The Chard and Ilminster Community Justice Panel: Restorative Community Justice
Laura Mirsky | 2006-08-29 | details»

The Chard and Ilminster Community Justice Panel (CICJP), in Somerset County, England, brings victims, offenders and their supporters together face to face to deal with the consequences of an offense and decide how to repair the harm. This article by Laura Mirsky includes information about the CICJP and interviews with coordinator Valerie Keitch and other CICJP principals.

Restorative Conferences Reduce Trauma from Crime, Study Shows
Abbey Porter | 2006-08-15 | details»

This article by Abbey J. Porter provides information about a controlled study which showed that restorative conferencing reduced post-traumatic stress symptoms in victims of crime. The study was performed by Dr. Caroline M. Angel, a lecturer in criminology at the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Graduation at a CSF Buxmont School: A Triumphant Step into the Future
Laura Mirsky | 2006-07-11 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky tells the stories of three graduates of CSF Buxmont—Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy, sister organizations of the IIRP. All CSF Buxmont schools, which are for teenagers who are having trouble in other schools, are run according to the principles of restorative practices.

John Braithwaite: Peacebuilder, Social Scientist and Restorative Justice Activist
Joshua Wachtel | 2006-06-08 | details»

This article by Josh Wachtel profiles John Braithwaite, author of "Crime, Shame and Reintegration" and 2006 recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology from the Swedish Ministry of Justice. The article discusses the breadth of his work and includes comments from Braithwaite and other criminologists.

The Jerry Lee Program Research on Restorative Justice: Promising Results
Abbey Porter | 2006-04-13 | details»

The Jerry Lee Program on Randomized Controlled Experiments in Restorative Justice is comparing restorative conference outcomes, for both victims and offenders, to those of conventional criminal justice practices in numerous criminal cases in Australia and the United Kingdom. This article by Abbey J. Porter discusses the results to date.

The Sefton Centre for Restorative Practice: A Restorative Community in the Making
Laura Mirsky | 2006-03-22 | details»

The Sefton Centre for Restorative Practice, located on the northwest coast of England, has trained hundreds of professionals in schools, the youth justice sector, looked-after children's homes and neighborhoods. This article by Laura Mirsky includes interviews with many of the center's principals, affiliate agency personnel and restorative justice leaders.

Restorative Practices as a Tool for Organizational Change: The Bessels Leigh School
John Boulton, Laura Mirsky | 2006-02-23 | details»

This article discusses the process of implementing restorative practices at the Bessels Leigh School, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, a residential special school for boys with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The school has seen a remarkable change in culture, due to restorative practices.

Victims of crime reject notion of retribution
IIRP | 2006-01-31 | details»

This article in the UK's Guardian newspaper reports on a survey showing that nearly two-thirds of a random sample of 991 adult victims of crime believe that prison sentences don't prevent reoffending. More than half favor face-to-face meetings between victims and offenders, so victims can relate the impact of the crime and offenders can take responsibility and make amends.

Report on the IIRP's 7th International Conference, "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities"
IIRP | 2005-11-28 | details»

A report on the conference, including a detailed conference schedule and papers related to plenary and breakout sessions.

Restorative Justice: Family and Community Group Conferencing (FCGC) in Thailand
Wanchai Roujanavong | 2005-11-11 | details»


Paper by Wanchai Roujanavang, director general of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection, Thailand Ministry of Justice, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," the IIRP's 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Manchester, England, UK, November 9-11, 2005.

Restorative Approaches in Schools: A Perspective from England
Graham Robb | 2005-11-10 | details»

Paper by Graham Robb, advisor for the Behaviour and Attendance Program, Department for Education and Skills, England, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," the IIRP's 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Manchester, England, UK, November 9-11, 2005.

Working and Living in a Restorative Milieu
Michael Michiels, Elisabeth Vandenbogaerde | 2005-11-10 | details»

Paper by Belgian youth workers Elisabeth Vandenbogaerde and Michael Michiels, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," the IIRP's 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Manchester, England, UK, November 9-11, 2005.

The Kinship Gap?: Family Group Decision Making and Family Group Conferencing — Bridging the Gap
Benjamin Shortridge | 2005-11-09 | details»

Paper by Rev. Benjamin Shortridge, founder and executive director of Los Angeles Family and Community Empowerment Services, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," the IIRP's 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Manchester, England, UK, November 9-11, 2005.

The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities
Ted Wachtel | 2005-11-09 | details»

Paper by IIRP president and founder Ted Wachtel, presented in a plenary session at "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," the IIRP's 7th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Manchester, England, UK, November 9-11, 2005.

Courageous Communities: Circles of Support and Accountability with Individuals Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses
Andrew McWhinnie, Robin Wilson | 2005-11-03 | details»

This article by Andrew McWhinnie and Robin J. Wilson discusses Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA), a program that works with groups of trained volunteers to prevent reoffending and provide support and accountability for individuals who have committed sexual offenses and have been released from prison.

Restorative Conferencing in Inner-city Albany: From Retribution to Resolution
Mary Shafer | 2005-10-24 | details»

This article by Mary Shafer talks about how restorative conferencing is being used in Albany, New York, to help to defuse violent incidents, and reports on a conference held in the wake of a serious public brawl that took place at a McDonald's restaurant last spring.

Beyond Zero Tolerance: A Reality-Based Approach to Drug Education and Student Assistance
Rodney Skager | 2005-10-06 | details»

This booklet, available at www.beyondzerotolerance.org, was issued as part of a campaign by the California (USA) Statewide Task Force for Effective Drug Education. It advocates restorative practices, as implemented by the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program, as a critical piece in its approach to drug education.

New Zealand Court-Referred Restorative Justice Pilot: Evaluation
Prepared by the Crime and Justice Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, with Sue Triggs, for the Ministry of Justice temp | 2005-09-22 | details»

The Crime and Justice Research Centre, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, and the New Zealand Ministry of Justice have released a research evaluation of restorative conferences for juvenile and adult offenders that contains highly positive results. Two-hundred six court-referred conferences, all of which included victim participation (or representation), were evaluated over a one-year period.

From Sanctions to Support: Restorative Practices Transform Homes for Looked-after Children in the UK
Laura Mirsky | 2005-09-08 | details»

Restorative practices were introduced to the Stanfield Home for looked-after children, in Hertfordshire, UK, to address violent behavior, hostile relationships and staff stress. This article by Laura Mirsky includes interviews with Veronica Hart, manager of Stanfield, and Lynn Knowles, head of children's residential homes, Hertfordshire.

Beyond Punishment: Restorative Community Service
Abbey Porter | 2005-08-25 | details»


This article by Abbey J. Porter reports on a restorative court-ordered community service program for youth run by the Community Service Foundation (CSF), a sister organization of the IIRP, as part of CSF's in-home supervision and foster-care programs.

Directing Burning Bridges, a Documentary about a Restorative Conference
Laura Mirsky | 2005-08-11 | details»


Laura Mirsky discusses her experience directing "Burning Bridges", a documentary about the arson of Mood's Bridge, a historic covered bridge in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, and the restorative conference held in its wake.

PEASE Academy: The Restorative Recovery School
Nancy Riestenberg | 2005-07-19 | details»


PEASE Academy ("Peers Enjoying A Sober Education") is a chemical dependency "recovery school," in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA), where restorative principles and practices such as circles have been used to create a respectful, student-centered program. This article about the academy is by Nancy Riestenberg, a prevention specialist with the Minnesota Department of Education's Safe and Healthy Learners Unit.

Home Work: Life in the CSF Residential Program
Mary Shafer | 2005-07-07 | details»

Journalist Mary Shafer relates her experiences witnessing restorative practices in action for the first time, at the Community Service Foundation (CSF) Residential Program in Pennsylvania, USA. CSF, a sister organization of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, operates 16 foster group homes for teen-agers, all of which utilize restorative practices.

Long-established Magazine "Good Housekeeping" Publishes Article on Restorative Justice
Diane Pretasky | 2005-06-16 | details»

The July 2005 American edition of "Good Housekeeping", one of the top-selling magazines in the U.S., features a story on restorative justice called "Putting Out the Fire." The article tells the story of a family in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, whose house was destroyed in a random act of arson by two teenage boys. The article is reprinted here (PDF), with permission.

Restorative Justice Takes the World Stage at United Nations Crime Congress
Abbey Porter | 2005-06-14 | details»

This article by Abbey J. Porter reports on the 11th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, held in April 2005, in Bangkok, Thailand, which included an official workshop on restorative justice (the first ever at a U.N. congress) and several restorative justice-related ancillary sessions. There was "unprecedented interest" in restorative justice at the event, according to IIRP director of research Paul McCold, who helped organize the ancillary sessions.

Family Group Decision Making Reunites a Family
Laura Mirsky | 2005-06-07 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky tells the story of a family that got lost in the child welfare system and was reunited, thanks to a family group decision making (FGDM) conference. For years, Carl Lee and Gina Hall tried to get their son Gino out of foster care, where he had been placed unnecessarily. An FGDM conference finally made it possible for Gino to come home, where he is now happy and thriving.

Nationwide US Publication Reports on Restorative Practices in Schools
Carol Chmelynski | 2005-05-18 | details»

An article on restorative practices in schools appears in the May 17, 2005, edition of School Board News, published by the National School Boards Association, a nonprofit federation of state associations of school boards that represents about 15,000 local school districts throughout the United States. The report, by Carol Chmelynski, covers restorative initiatives across the US, including PEASE Academy, a school in Minnesota for students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, a pilot program in six Wisconsin school districts and the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program.

 

Restorative Practices at Queanbeyan South, an Australian Primary School
Abbey Porter | 2005-04-19 | details»

This article by Abbey J. Porter discusses the use of restorative practices at Queanbeyan South Primary School, in New South Wales, Australia, which once struggled with persistent problems of bullying, violence and absenteeism among its ethnically and economically diverse student population. The school has turned things around, with help from Real Justice Australia and restorative practices. The school won a 2004 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award, for "Real Justice in a Safe and Happy School."

Study Reports on Success of Family Group Conferences in Schools in Hampshire County, England, UK
IIRP | 2005-03-23 | details»

"Supporting Pupils, Schools and Families: An Evaluation of the Hampshire Family Group Conferences in Education Project," a report by the University of Sheffield, England, UK, evaluates 50 family group conferences (FGCs) carried out in schools in Hampshire County, from implementation through many months after each conference. The FGCs were meant to help young people aged 5-15 with behavior and attendance problems, but often addressed family and welfare issues as well. FGCs were seen as having a significantly positive effect: Presenting problems improved in over half of the young people studied; 90 percent of family members said they would recommend FGCs to others; and young people said they found the FGCs to be helpful.

Report on the Sixth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices
IIRP | 2005-03-12 | details»

Information on the IIRP's conference in Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, March 3-5, 2005, including plenary sessions.

Regulating Police Discretion: An Assessment of the Impact of the New South Wales Young Offenders Act 1997
Jenny Bargen | 2005-03-05 | details»

This paper by Jenny Bargen, director, Youth Justice Conferencing, New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice, Australia, focuses on New South Wales' Young Offenders Act 1997 (YOA) as a case study in the success of restorative conferencing. The paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

The Family Group Conference 14-Year Journey: Celebrating the Successes, Learning the Lessons, Embracing the Challenges
Shannon Pakura | 2005-03-05 | details»

In this paper, Shannon Pakura, chief social worker, New Zealand Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, Wellington, New Zealand, discusses the challenges that family group conferencing (FGC) has encountered and acknowledges successes achieved since FGC has been integrated into New Zealand's youth justice and child welfare systems. The paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

Building Safe and Healthy School Communities: Restorative Justice and Responsive Regulation
Brenda Morrison | 2005-03-04 | details»

This paper by Brenda Morrison, research fellow, Centre for Restorative Justice, Australian National University, endorses the use of restorative justice in schools, particularly as a response to bullying. Bullying, she says, is about the abuse of power, while restorative justice is about empowerment through building relationships. The paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

The Development of Restorative Justice in the UK: A Personal Perspective
Les Davey | 2005-03-04 | details»

This paper is an overview of important developments in restorative justice in the UK, by Les Davey, director of Real Justice United Kingdom and Ireland and a founding member of the Thames Valley Police Restorative Justice Consultancy. Davey discusses initiatives by police and county councils; and pilots, research, best practice guidelines and legislation supported by the Home Office. The paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

The Mackillop Model of Restorative Practice
Elizabeth O'Callaghan | 2005-03-03 | details»

Elizabeth O'Callaghan, principal of Mary MacKillop Primary School, in South Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, discusses how restorative practices have been successfully implemented at her Catholic primary school. This paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

Restorative Justice for Juveniles in Hong Kong: Reflections of a Practitioner
Dennis Wong | 2005-03-03 | details»

In this paper Dennis Sing-Wing Wong, Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong and Chairman, Centre for Restoration of Human Relationships, Hong Kong, China, discusses his experiences implementing restorative justice with Hong Kong youth in social work, education and the legal system. This paper was presented at the third in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Penrith, Australia, March 3-5, 2005.

The Nanaimo Community Justice Forum: A Restorative Justice Partnership in British Columbia, Canada
Laura Mirsky | 2005-02-16 | details»

This is an article based on an interview with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Staff Sergeant Randy Munro and Nanaimo Region John Howard Society (NRJHS) program manager Violet Smith at the IIRP's August 2004 international conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Nanaimo Community Justice Forum, a partnership between the Nanaimo detachment of the RCMP and NRJHS, a nongovernmental organization, provides restorative justice conferences for youth and adults.

Follow-Up Research Confirms Positive Effect of a Restorative Milieu on Young Offenders
Paul McCold | 2005-01-25 | details»

Results of a follow-up study by Paul McCold on the effects of a restorative environment on young offenders have replicated the positive conclusions of the original study, "Evaluation of a Restorative Milieu: CSF Buxmont School Day Treatment Programs 1999-2001." Even two years after program discharge, the restorative environment still had a significant effect in reducing offending among those young people in the original study.

MetroKids Magazine Highlights the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools Program
IIRP | 2005-01-05 | details»

The January 2005 edition of MetroKids Magazine features an article on SaferSanerSchools, the IIRP program implementing restorative practices in schools. The story, by Ann L. Rappoport, Ph.D., includes interviews with school administrators who are excited about the positive effect restorative practices are having on discipline and school culture. In the article, Dr. Francis Barnes, former school district superintendent, now Pennsylvania (U.S.A.) Secretary of Education, commended restorative practices as "a set of practical responses to student behavior and proactive strategies that strengthen accountability and improve school culture." Read the article here.

Major U.K. Newspaper Publishes Piece on Restorative Justice
IIRP | 2004-12-17 | details»

The Observer has published an article about restorative justice with adult offenders. Author Mary Riddell provides firsthand coverage of a restorative justice conference, held in prison, between an offender and victim and their supporters. She also reports on the Justice Research Consortium (JRC), a British-government funded program bringing together crime justice professionals and police chiefs to test restorative justice as a strategy to reduce crime.

Transforming School Culture: An Update
Laura Mirsky | 2004-12-07 | details»

The IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program has grown considerably since its initial pilot projects and is training schools in restorative practices all over the world. This article, by Laura Mirsky, describes how restorative practices are being implemented at three diverse school districts and relates the ways in which administrators, teachers and students have benefited.

Restorative Justice Conferencing with Young Offenders at Brookside Youth Centre and Secondary School, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada: Interview with Michael Maguire, Bruce Schenk and Ron Cameron
Laura Mirsky | 2004-10-21 | details»

An interview by Laura Mirsky with staff members from a secure residential facility for young men where restorative justice conferencing is in widespread use. The approach has been quite successful in resolving conflicts among residents and in building the sense of community and safety in the facility as a whole.

Restorative Practices at Community Prep High School in New York City
Laura Mirsky | 2004-09-22 | details»

This article discusses how the IIRP, via its SaferSanerSchools program, is providing training and consulting to Community Prep High School, a public school in New York City for young people just out of juvenile detention. Community Prep was recently featured in a "New York Times" article (July 25, 2004).

Report on the Fifth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices
IIRP | 2004-09-09 | details»

Information on the IIRP's conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 5-7, 2004, including plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

Family Group Conferencing as a First Choice: Empowerment Versus Intervention
Robert van Pagée | 2004-08-07 | details»

Rob van Pagée, of Eigen Kracht Centrale and Op Kleine Schaal, in the Netherlands, organizations that provide family group decision making (FGDM) and Real Justice conferencing throughout Europe, argues for widespread use of both conferencing models as a means to empower citizens and reinvigorate democracy. The paper was presented at the second in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Vancouver, Canada, August 5-7, 2004.

Restorative Justice in Schools in Surrey, British Columbia
Rick Hugh, Jenni Lynnea | 2004-08-06 | details»

Rick Hugh, vice principal, Clayton Heights Secondary School, and Jenni Lynnea, counselor, Princess Margaret Secondary School, discuss how restorative practices have been effectively utilized in their large, multicultural district in the Greater Vancouver area. The paper was presented at the second in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Vancouver, Canada, August 5-7, 2004.

Mapping the Restorative Universe: A Plenary Process to Promote a Global Alliance
Thom Allena, Mark Seidler | 2004-08-06 | details»

This paper, by Thom Allena, managing partner, Innovations in Justice, Taos, New Mexico, and Mark Seidler, organizational change consultant, Hampton Bays, New York, explains the rationale behind their special interactive plenary session. Participants met in small groups to obtain a sense of the connections between the many programs and research activities in the field of restorative practices. The paper was presented at the second in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Vancouver, Canada, August 5-7, 2004.

From Restorative Justice to Restorative Practices: Expanding the Paradigm
Ted Wachtel, Paul McCold | 2004-08-05 | details»

Ted Wachtel, president of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, explains how restorative justice principles have extended beyond criminal justice into the emerging field of restorative practices, which offers a common thread to tie together research and practice in seemingly disparate fields. The paper was presented at the second in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Vancouver, Canada, August 5-7, 2004.

"A Survey of Assessment Research on Mediation and Restorative Justice" by Paul McCold: A Summary
Laura Mirsky | 2004-06-29 | details»

Paul McCold's article, an overview of evaluation research of restorative justice programs worldwide from 1971 to 2001, appeared in the book, "Repositioning Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice and Social Context," from Willan Publishing. The article, which is summarized in the eForum by Laura Mirsky, is a useful tool for those who wish to catch up on the state of restorative justice research.

Restorative Justice Practices of Native American, First Nation and Other Indigenous People of North America: Part Two
Laura Mirsky | 2004-05-26 | details»

Part two of this series includes interviews with Louise Thompson, of the Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne, and Leanne Douglas, Christine Douglas and Stephanie Sandy of the Mnjikaning First Nation.

Restorative Justice Practices of Native American, First Nation and Other Indigenous People of North America: Part One
Laura Mirsky | 2004-04-27 | details»

Part one of this series includes interviews with three justice practitioners of the southwestern United States: the Honorable Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Nation Supreme Court; Judge Joseph Flies-Away of the Hualapai Nation; and James Zion, former solicitor to the Navajo Nation Court and current domestic abuse commissioner at Crownpoint, New Mexico, Family Court.

Restorative Practices with Sweden's Homeless: The Stockholm City Mission
Laura Mirsky | 2004-03-23 | details»

The Stockholm City Mission has had great success employing restorative practices with its clients. Two programs are covered in this article: Bostället (the Homestead), a halfway house for homeless men and women, and Klaragården, a day center for homeless women. Includes an interview with Bostället manager Mija Bergman. (Bergman and City Mission social department head Annelie Edren will be plenary speakers at the IIRP's August 2004 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.)

The Community Conferencing Center: Restorative Practices in Baltimore, Maryland
Laura Mirsky | 2004-03-09 | details»

The Community Conferencing Center (CCC), directed by Dr. Lauren Abramson, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is bringing restorative practices to Baltimore, Maryland. The CCC has facilitated over 500 restorative conferences in Baltimore, as court diversion for offenders, as an alternative to school suspension, to heal ongoing neighborhood conflicts and as an aid in re-entry into family and community after incarceration. This article includes an interview with Dr. Abramson and an overview of the CCC.

IIRP president discusses restorative practices in schools in interview featured on Education World website
IIRP | 2004-02-19 | details»

Education World, a widely-read, highly-regarded online journal among educators, has published an interview with IIRP president Ted Wachtel. In the interview, Wachtel describes IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program, which is bringing restorative practices to public schools. He also provides an overview of SaferSanerSchools training programs and an explanation of the theory of restorative practices. Read the interview here.

Restorative Justice Without Offender Participation: A Pilot Program for Victims
Lorenn Walker | 2004-02-10 | details»

This article discusses a project in Hawai’i in which victims have an opportunity to participate in a restorative process where offenders are unavailable, unknown or unwilling to meet. Lorenn Walker, author of the article and the project's coordinator, is a public health educator and lawyer who develops, implements and evaluates conflict prevention and resolution programs. She was herself the victim of a violent crime nearly 30 years ago.

Values and Principles of Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters
Department of Justice Canada | 2004-01-27 | details»

This document (PDF), issued by the Department of Justice Canada, explains the philosophy of restorative justice, defines the restorative justice process and spells out basic principles and procedural safeguards relating to the use of restorative justice.

Restorative Justice Program Guidelines
| 2004-01-27 | details»

This document (PDF), issued by the Department of Justice Canada, suggests best practices in restorative justice, including program development, facilitation and operation, "to be applied in a way appropriate to the context of each community."

Albert Eglash and Creative Restitution: A Precursor to Restorative Practices
Laura Mirsky | 2003-12-03 | details»

In creative restitution, a concept developed by psychologist Dr. Albert Eglash in the 1950s, an offender is helped to find a way to make amends to those he has hurt by his offense and encouraged to help other offenders. Some of the basic tenets of restorative justice, and the philosophical heart of many restorative practices programs, can be found in the principles of creative restitution. This article includes details from an interview with Dr. Eglash, as well as an exploration of his writings from the 1950s through the present.

SaferSanerSchools featured in Philadelphia Inquirer article
IIRP | 2003-11-20 | details»

The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the leading newspapers in the United States, has published an article about the IIRP's SaferSanerSchools program, which is implementing restorative practices in schools. Inquirer education reporter Susan Snyder visited pilot schools in southeastern Pennsylvania, where the SaferSanerSchools program is in effect, interviewing students, teachers and administrators, all of whom seemed to appreciate how restorative practices had helped to improve their schools' climates, creating a more positive culture and substantially improving student behavior. Read the article and the Letter to the Editor from IIRP President regarding Palisades High School.

Hampshire County, UK: A Place of Innovation for Family Group Conferencing
Laura Mirsky | 2003-11-04 | details»

This article explores the wide variety of FGC programs in Hampshire County, England, UK. Besides providing FGCs in child welfare, youth justice and education applications, Hampshire has instituted a project that is using FGCs in domestic violence cases. They are also working to involve children and families in all phases of the FGC process, from direct self-referral to staff hiring.

Hardwired to Connect: The Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities
IIRP | 2003-10-28 | details»

This report, issued by the Commission on Children at Risk, jointly sponsored by the YMCA of the USA, Dartmouth University Medical School and the Institute for American Values, asserts that current high rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other behavioral disorders among American youth stem primarily from a lack of connectedness, both to other people and to moral and spiritual meaning. The report provides scientific support for the aim of restorative practices: to build community and meaningful relationships.

The Wet'suwet'en Unlocking Aboriginal Justice Program: Restorative Practices in British Columbia, Canada
Laura Mirsky | 2003-10-21 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky discusses a restorative justice program of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation of northwestern British Columbia, which combines traditional Aboriginal justice practices and the existing Canadian justice system, while building a support network to reconnect the Wet'suwet'en young people to their culture and heritage.

Papers from the IIRP's 2003 conference in Veldhoven, Netherlands
IIRP | 2003-10-01 | details»

Plenary session papers from "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," the Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 28-30, 2003, Veldhoven, Netherlands.

Promising Results, Potential New Directions: International FGDM Research and Evaluation in Child Welfare
| 2003-09-23 | details»

A special double volume (PDF) of "Protecting Children", the journal of the American Humane Association's National Center on Family Group Decision Making. This volume contains reports on FGDM research from around the world and offers "considerable support for the advancement of FGDM and good reasons to explore ways to mainstream its practice."

Adult Restorative Justice in New Zealand/Aotearoa
Helen Bowen, Jim Boyack | 2003-08-30 | details»

Helen Bowen and Jim Boyack, trustees of the Restorative Justice Trust of Auckland, New Zealand, discuss developments in adult restorative justice initiatives in their country, where youth offender family group conferences (FGCs) have been legally mandated since 1989. The 2002 Sentencing, Parole, and Victims' Rights acts have made New Zealand the world's first country to provide for restorative justice practices and principles at all stages of the criminal justice process. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

Against Penal Instrumentalism
John Blad | 2003-08-30 | details»

John Blad, of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, chief editor of the Dutch Journal for Restorative Justice, discusses the Dutch government's shift from having one of the most lenient penal climates in the world to one that is much more punitive. He attributes the rise in his country's incarceration and violent crime rates to the new policies and argues for implementation of restorative justice instead. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

The Northern Territory Police Pre-Court Juvenile Diversion Scheme: A Preventative and Restorative Approach to Juvenile Offending
Graham Waite | 2003-08-29 | details»

Graham Waite, superintendent, Northern Territory Police, Australia, discusses the Territory's pre-court juvenile diversion scheme, which provides alternatives, such as Real Justice conferencing, to prosecution and sentencing of young offenders (including Aboriginal youth), in the formal justice system. The scheme produced significant decreases in reoffending and high satisfaction levels. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

Restorative Practices in a Dutch School
Joke Henskens-Reijman, Roel van Pagée | 2003-08-29 | details»

Joke Henskens-Reijman and Roel van Pagée, principals, Terra College, The Hague, Netherlands, speak of their encouraging experiences implementing restorative practices in two large, urban secondary schools where the ethnic make up has recently changed from a homogeneous Dutch population to one that includes children from multiple ethnic and national backgrounds. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

Restorative Conferences with Serious Juvenile Offenders: An Experiment in Belgium
Lode Walgrave | 2003-08-28 | details»

Lode Walgrave, of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, speaks about the Belgian juvenile justice initiative, which has addressed serious juvenile offenses, including arson, carjacking, armed robbery, serious physical violence and aggravated theft, using the New Zealand model of family group conferencing (FGC), with cases referred by youth court judges. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

Addressing Child Protection and Group Care Issues Through the Use of Family Group Conferencing
Karin Gunderson | 2003-08-28 | details»

Karin Gunderson, of the Northwest Institute for Children and Families, University of Washington School of Social Work, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A, reports the positive results of two significant studies on family group conferencing (FGC): "Long Term and Immediate Outcomes of Family Group Conferencing in Washington State," June 2000, and "'Connected and Cared for': Family Group Conferencing for Youth in Care," June 2002. The paper was presented at the first in a series of three IIRP conferences with the theme, "Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment," in Veldhoven, Netherlands, August 28-30, 2003.

In Pursuit of Paradigm: A Theory of Restorative Justice
Paul McCold, Ted Wachtel | 2003-08-12 | details»

This paper by Paul McCold and Ted Wachtel presents a concise summary of the restorative justice theory that the IIRP has promulgated over the last several years. The theory provides the framework for a comprehensive answer to the how, what and who of the restorative justice paradigm. The paper was presented by Paul McCold at the XIII World Congress of Criminology, August 10-15, 2003, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also available in Portuguese and Spanish languages.

En busca de un paradigma: una teoría sobre justicia restaurativa
Paul McCold, Ted Wachtel | 2003-08-12 | details»

This paper by Paul McCold and Ted Wachtel presents a concise summary of the restorative justice theory that the IIRP has promulgated over the last several years. The theory provides the framework for a comprehensive answer to the how, what and who of the restorative justice paradigm. The paper was presented by Paul McCold at the XIII World Congress of Criminology, August 10-15, 2003, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also available in Portuguese and Spanish languages.

Em Busca de um Paradigma: Uma Teoria de Justiça Restaurativa
Paul McCold, Ted Wachtel | 2003-08-12 | details»

This paper by Paul McCold and Ted Wachtel presents a concise summary of the restorative justice theory that the IIRP has promulgated over the last several years. The theory provides the framework for a comprehensive answer to the how, what and who of the restorative justice paradigm. The paper was presented by Paul McCold at the XIII World Congress of Criminology, August 10-15, 2003, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also available in Portuguese and Spanish languages.

"Restorative Justice and Alternative Sentencing" Debate on National Public Radio's "Justice Talking"
IIRP | 2003-07-28 | details»

This show, which first aired on American National Public Radio stations on July 28, 2003, features a debate about the merits of restorative justice between IIRP Director of Training Bob Costello and Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA. Attorney Susan Gaertner. At the "Justice Talking" website, one can read about the debate and listen to it via Windows Media Player.

UK Home Office Consultation Document: "Restorative Justice—the Government's Strategy"
| 2003-07-24 | details»

The United Kingdom Home Office published this document (PDF) outlining a strategy for implementing restorative justice in the criminal justice system. The strategy has two elements: (1) to build in high-quality restorative justice at all stages of the UK criminal justice system and (2) to develop understanding of where restorative justice works best and how it could be fully integrated with the justice system in the longer term.

Building Restorative Prisons
Tim Newell | 2003-06-20 | details»

This article is from a speech by Tim Newell at the IIRP’s Third International Conference in August 2002. He discusses his experience as governor of Grendon and Spring Hill prisons in the UK, building model prison communities using restorative practices.

SaferSanerSchools: Transforming School Culture with Restorative Practices
Laura Mirsky | 2003-05-20 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky features three schools—Palisades High School, Palisades Middle School and Springfield Township High School, all in Pennsylvania, USA—that implemented a SaferSanerSchools pilot program in which all staff were introduced to restorative practices philosophy and techniques. The article includes interviews with staff and students and disciplinary data collected by the three schools.

Family Group Conferencing Worldwide: Part Three in a Series
Laura Mirsky | 2003-05-07 | details»

Third and final article in a series by Laura Mirsky about family group conferencing (FGC), a restorative approach to problem solving that involves the children, young persons and adults in families in making their own decisions.

Restorative Practices and Policing: An Interview with Paul Schnell
Laura Mirsky | 2003-04-15 | details»

In this interview Paul Schnell — who was recently named St. Paul Police Officer of the Year (St. Paul, Minnesota, USA) — discusses the integration of restorative practices and policing. Schnell is actively promoting the use of informal restorative practices in many areas of policing and is a pioneer in the use of conferencing for serious offenses.

Family Group Conferencing Worldwide: Part Two in a Series
Laura Mirsky | 2003-04-03 | details»

Second article in a series by Laura Mirsky about family group conferencing (FGC), a restorative approach to problem solving that involves the children, young persons and adults in families in making their own decisions.

Community Conferencing: An Interview with Gena Gerard
Laura Mirsky | 2003-03-17 | details»

Gena Gerard is program manager of the Central City Neighborhoods Partnership, Restorative Justice Program (CCNP), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. This conferencing program is designed to address livability issues and crimes that affect the quality of life in this urban community, such as prostitution and neighborhood drug-dealing.

Family Group Conferencing Worldwide: Part One in a Series
Laura Mirsky | 2003-02-20 | details»

First article in a series by Laura Mirsky about family group conferencing (FGC), a restorative approach to problem solving that involves the children, young persons and adults in families in making their own decisions.

A New Reality for Troubled Youth in Hungary: An Update
Laura Mirsky | 2003-01-31 | details»

Follow-up to a presentation from “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the IIRP's Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 2002. In that presentation Vidia Negrea, director of CSF Hungary, discussed her experience learning restorative practices in the US and her plans to open a school in her country. The text of Negrea's presentation is available here.

Restorative Practices Impact Public Schools in Minnesota: An Interview with Nancy Riestenberg of the Minnesota Department of Children Families and Learning
Laura Mirsky | 2003-01-16 | details»

Nancy Riestenberg, a prevention specialist with the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning, talks about the implementation of restorative practices in several Minnesota public schools and a three-year evaluation of its effect on student behavior and school culture.

Proceed With Caution: An Evaluation of the Thames Valley Police Initiative in Restorative Cautioning
| 2002-12-10 | details»

This page includes a summary and link to the full report on the findings of a three-year study of the Thames Valley Police restorative justice program, the first large-scale restorative justice program in the UK. The study was conducted by Carolyn Hoyle, Richard Young and Roderick Hill, researchers from the Centre for Criminological Research at Oxford University.

Conferencing, Policing and Community
Laura Mirsky | 2002-12-02 | details»

An interview with Len Wildman and Tom Dwyer of Rochester Police Department's Juvenile Accountability Conferencing program, Rochester, New York.

Reintegrative Shaming Experiments (RISE)
Heather Strang | 2002-12-02 | details»

Papers and reports on the Reintegrative Shaming Experiments (RISE) for restorative community policing. RISE is a project of the Law Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra.

A Day at a CSF Buxmont School
Laura Mirsky | 2002-11-18 | details»

This article by Laura Mirsky documents her visit to the CSF Buxmont school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and illustrates the use of restorative practices in a school/day treatment setting.

Research Brief of "Evaluation of a Restorative Milieu: CSF Buxmont School/Day Treatment Programs 1999-2001"
IIRP | 2002-11-12 | details»

This reserach brief of a study by Paul McCold, Ph.D., reports on the effect of restorative practices on reoffending, attitudes, and program completion among students at the CSF Buxmont schools in southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. McCold presented this paper at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, November 13-16, 2002, Chicago, Illinois.

Executive Summary of "Evaluation of a Restorative Milieu: CSF Buxmont School/Day Treatment Programs 1999-2001"
Paul McCold | 2002-11-12 | details»

This executive summary of a study by Paul McCold, Ph.D., reports on the effect of restorative practices on reoffending, attitudes, and program completion among students at the CSF Buxmont schools in southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. McCold presented this paper at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, November 13-16, 2002, Chicago, Illinois.

Evaluation of a Restorative Milieu: CSF Buxmont School/Day Treatment Programs 1999-2001, Evaluation Outcome Technical Report
Paul McCold | 2002-11-12 | details»

This study by Paul McCold, Ph.D., reports on the effect of restorative practices on reoffending, attitudes, and program completion among students at the CSF Buxmont schools in southeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. McCold presented this paper at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting, November 13-16, 2002, Chicago, Illinois. An Executive Summary and "Research-in-Brief" are also available.

Conferencing: A New Approach for Juvenile Justice in Honolulu
Lorenn Walker | 2002-11-05 | details»

Paper by Lorenn Walker, J.D., M.P.H, from the "Federal Probation Journal", Volume 66, No. 1, June, 2002, reporting on an experimental diversion project for first-time juvenile offenders in the City and County of Honolulu.

Restorative Justice and School Violence: Building Theory and Practice
Brenda Morrison | 2002-10-22 | details»

This article by Brenda Morrison of the Center for Restorative Justice, Australian National University, explores the theory and practice of restorative practices as they apply to bullying and school violence.

Reflections on "Dreaming of a New Reality": The IIRP's Third International Conference
Laura Mirsky | 2002-09-25 | details»

Journalist Laura Mirsky reflects on her experience attending and interviewing participants at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices.

Papers from the IIRP's 2002 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
IIRP | 2002-09-02 | details»

Papers from "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Restorative Practice in Prisons: Circles and Conferencing in the Custodial Setting
Tim Newell | 2002-08-10 | details»

Tim Newell, governor (retired) of Grendon Prison, U.K., explores the organizational paradigm of prison culture, to shed light on how the very different and potentially valuable restorative justice paradigm can be implemented in prisons. Newell oversaw the successful implementation of restorative justice practices in prisons, involving prisoners in taking personal responsibility for their offending and seeking to make reparation. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

Transforming School Culture
David Piperato, Joseph Roy | 2002-08-10 | details»

David F. Piperato, principal, Palisades High School and Joseph J. Roy, principal, Springfield Township High School, Pennsylvania, USA, speak about how to develop a positive, collaborative school culture that supports the school’s educational goals, based on a commitment to establishing relationships among students and staff rooted in mutual caring and respect. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

The Worst School I've Ever Been To: Empirical Evaluations of a Restorative School and Treatment Milieu
Paul McCold, Ted Wachtel | 2002-08-10 | details»

Article from "Dreaming of a New Reality" conference program book by Paul McCold, director of research, and Ted Wachtel, president, of the IIRP. The article reports on the results of a 3-year evaluation of the use of a restorative practices milieu in the Community Service Foundation schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Family Unity Meeting Program in the County of San Diego Child Protection Setting
Russell Harrison, Elizabeth Quinnett | 2002-08-09 | details»

Elizabeth Quinnett, Program Manager, County of San Diego, California, USA Health and Human Services Agency, Children's Services, talks about how the Family Unity Meeting process has been implemented in San Diego County, explains the process in detail and discusses the program's success. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

Circle Sentencing: Part of the Restorative Justice Continuum
Heino Lilles | 2002-08-09 | details»

Heino Lilles, Territorial Judge, Whitehorse, Canada, discusses his experiences as a judge working with circle sentencing: a restorative justice process that aims to recognize victims' needs and identify offenders' rehabilitative needs, engaging the community and the formal justice system as partners, and to a lesser extent victims and offenders, in the resolution of criminal justice-based disputes. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

Dreaming of a New Reality for Troubled Youth in Hungary
Vidia Negrea | 2002-08-08 | details»

When she was a psychologist working with troubled youth in Hungary, Videa Negrea, now director of Community Service Foundation Hungary, saw that punishments and removing children from their families didn't help. An internship at the International Institute for Restorative Practices inspired her to bring restorative practices to Hungary. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

Dreaming of a New Reality: Welcoming Remarks
Ted Wachtel | 2002-08-08 | details»

Ted Wachtel, president of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, speaks on the philosophy and history of restorative practices. From family group conferencing to restorative circles, the practices have migrated beyond the field of criminal justice to schools and workplaces, where they have proven useful in resolving wrongdoing and conflicts. The paper was presented at "Dreaming of a New Reality," the Third International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, August 8-10, 2002.

Long Term and Immediate Outcomes of Family Group Conferencing in Washington State (June 2001)
Katharine Cahn, Karin Gunderson, Nancy Shore, Judith Wirth, Briana Yancey | 2001-06-30 | details»

This article presents the findings of a retrospective study of 70 family group conferences (FGC) conducted in Washington State, USA.

Restorative Analysis Demonstrates Power of Conferencing
Paul McCold, Ted Wachtel | 2000-10-04 | details»

By Paul McCold and Ted Wachtel. Executive summary of paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Tübingen, Germany, October 1-4, 2000.

Community Justice Volunteer Mobilization Project: Final Project Report
John Howard Society of Moncton | 2000-09-15 | details»

Paper by John Howard Society, Moncton, New Brunswick, presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Papers from the 2000 conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
IIRP | 2000-09-04 | details»

Papers from "Restorative Practice in Action," the 2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles, August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Can Police Services Deliver Sound and Safe Restorative Practice
Les Davey | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Les Davey presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Conferencing: A Group Process That Promotes Resiliency
Lorenn Walker | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Lorenn Walker presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Conferencing a Serious Arson Case
Ronald Hunt | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Ron Hunt presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

From Silos to Circles: Reclaiming Restorative Practices
Romola Trebilcock | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Romola Trebilcock presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Program Design: The Family Group Conferencing Project — Etobicoke
| 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Jeanette Schmid presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Questions for Restorative Justice Practitioners to Consider When Creating and Implementing a Victim-centered and Victim-balanced Program
Susan Russell | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Susan Russell presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Restorative Aspects in the Dutch Juvenile Justice System
Annemieke Wolthuis | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Annemieke Wolthuis presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Restorative Justice and Police Complaints
Charles Pollard | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Charles Pollard presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Restorative Practices Seen by the Court
Jean-L. Dutil | 2000-08-12 | details»

Paper by Hon. Jean-L. Dutil presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Papers from the 1999 conference in Burlington, Vermont, USA
IIRP | 1999-09-01 | details»

Papers from "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices," August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont, USA.

Virginia Conferencing Project: A Four-Site Evaluation
Paul McCold | 1999-08-24 | details»

A report by Paul McCold on a four-site evaluation of Real Justice community conferences for juveniles in justice and educational settings during 1998-1999. Adobe Acrobat version (".pdf") also available.

Community Holistic Circle Healing
Berma Bushie | 1999-08-07 | details»

Berma Bushie of the Community Holistic Circle Healing project in Hollow Water, Manitoba, describes the use of healing circles as a response to sexual abuse in an Aboriginal community.

Democracy, Community and Problem Solving
John Braithwaite | 1999-08-07 | details»

John Braithwaite, Australian National University, discusses how community involvement and empowerment in restorative justice processes can improve democractic participation and democratic competence. Presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

The Family Group Conference — 10 Years On
Mike Doolan | 1999-08-07 | details»

Mike Doolan, Chief Social Worker for the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Agency, New Zealand, reports on ten years of family group conferencing in New Zealand. Presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

Family Group Conference Connections: Shared Problems and Joined Up Solutions
Paul Nixon | 1999-08-07 | details»

Paul Nixon, Hampshire County Council Social Services Department, UK, trace the connections between the individual, familial community, professional, organizational and political issues affecting the practice and development of family group conferences in the UK. Presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

If We Were Serious About Public Safety, What Would It Look Like?
John Gorczyk | 1999-08-07 | details»

Paper by John Gorczyk presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

Mainstreaming Family Group Conferencing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships
Joan Pennell | 1999-08-07 | details»

Joan Pennell, North Carolina State University, considers the difficulties in mainstreaming family group conferencing and proposes a partnership approach for respecting the integrity of its philosophy and practice. Presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

Restorative Justice Practice: The State of the Field 1999
Paul McCold | 1999-08-07 | details»

Paul McCold presents a broad overview of restorative justice practice during the last 30 years. Presented at the "Building Strong Partnerships for Restorative Practices" Conference, August 5-7, 1999, Burlington, Vermont.

Restorative Justice: Assessing an Immodest Theory and a Pessimistic Theory
John Braithwaite | 1999-05-01 | details»

The draft version of this paper by Professor John Braithwaite from the Australian National University is no longer available as a download. It has, however, been published by the University of Chicago Press.

The publication details are as follows:
Crime and Justice, volume 25: An annual review of research / Michael Tonry (ed.) 448 p. (est.) 1999.
Cloth US$46.00 ; ISBN 0 226 80847 5

Abstract:
For years this distinguished series has provided scholars and practitioners with timely, cross-disciplinary reviews of research on some of today's most pressing policy issues. Volume 25 includes articles by Jeffery A Fagan and James Freeman on crime and work; John Braithwaite on restorative justice; Josine Junger-Tas and Ineke Haen Marshall on self-report methodology in crime research; Roger Lane on the history of murder in America; James B Jacobs and Lauryn P Gouldin on Cosa Nostra; Brandon C. Welsh and David P Farrington on monetary costs and benefits of crime prevention programs; and Francis T Cullen, Bonnie Fisher, and Brandon Applegate on public opinion about crime and the criminal justice system.

SaferSanerSchools: Restoring Community in a Disconnected World
Ted Wachtel | 1999-02-18 | details»

An introduction to restorative practices, the underlying philosophy of SaferSanerSchools, by Ted Wachtel, President, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Adapted from paper presented at the “Reshaping Australian Institutions Conference: Restorative Justice and Civil Society,” The Australian National University, Canberra, February 16-18, 1999. Also available as Adobe Acrobat (".pdf") file. (Size 29K)

Restorative Justice and School Discipline: Mutually Exclusive?
Lisa Cameron, Margaret Thorsborne | 1999-02-18 | details»

A practitioner's view of the impact of community conferencing in Queensland schools, written by Lisa Cameron, Education Queensland and Margaret Thorsborne, Transformative Justice Australia (Queensland).

Restorative Practices in Business: Building a Community for Learning and Change Within Organizations
Ted Wachtel | 1999-02-18 | details»

In this paper Ted Wachtel, president of IIRP, discusses the application of restorative practices in business organizations.

Restorative Justice in Everyday Life: Beyond the Formal Ritual
Ted Wachtel | 1999-02-18 | details»

By Ted Wachtel, President, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Paper presented at the “Reshaping Australian Institutions Conference: Restorative Justice and Civil Society,” The Australian National University, Canberra, February 16-18, 1999. Also available as Adobe Acrobat (".pdf") file. (Size 29K)

Justicia Restaurativa en la Vida Cotidiana: Más Allá del Ritual Formal
Ted Wachtel | 1999-02-18 | details»

By Ted Wachtel, President, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Paper presented at the "Reshaping Australian Institutions Conference: Restorative Justice and Civil Society," The Australian National University, Canberra, February 16-18, 1999. Spanish (Espa�ol) translation also available here.

Police-Facilitated Restorative Conferencing: What the Data Show
Paul McCold | 1998-11-09 | details»

Paper presented by Paul McCold to the Second Annual International Conference on Restorative Justice for Juveniles (PDF), Florida Atlantic University, and the International Network for Research on Restorative Justice for Juveniles, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., November 7-9, 1998.

Papers from the 1998 conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
IIRP | 1998-09-01 | details»

Papers presented at "Conferencing: A New Response to Wrongdoing," The First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Linking Crime Prevention to Restorative Justice
John Braithwaite | 1998-08-08 | details»

By John Braithwaite, Australian National University. Discusses how research needs to show that restorative justice prevents crime in order to make it mainstream, and how restorative justice programs can improve their crime prevention capacity. Presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Conferencing and the Community
Kay Pranis | 1998-08-08 | details»

Kay Pranis, Restorative Justice Planner, Minnesota Department of Corrections, discusses the importance of conferencing in involving, supporting and building community. Presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Curbing Crime in Aboriginal Communities
Jean-L. Dutil | 1998-08-08 | details»

By Hon. Judge Jean-L. Dutil, Provincial Court of Quebec. Discusses the use of sentencing circles as crime prevention in an Aboriginal community. Presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Restorative Parole
A.F. (Andy) Grier | 1998-08-08 | details»

An article by Andy Grier, Project Director of the John Howard Society of Manitoba, presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Discusses an approach to parole based on restorative justice principles and processes. Presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From Wagga Wagga to Minnesota
Terry O'Connell | 1998-08-08 | details»

Terry O'Connell, the Australian police sergeant who created the scripted version of conferencing in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, discusses the evolution of conferencing and the necessary elements for its continuing success and expansion. Presented at the First North American Conference on Conferencing, August 6-8, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Making Amends: Final Evaluation of the Queensland Community Conferencing Pilot
| 1998-07-31 | details»

Report prepared for Queensland Department of Justice Juvenile Justice Branch by Hennessey Hayes and Tim Prenzler, with Richard Wortley. Centre for Crime Policy and Public Safety, School of Justice Administration, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, July, 1998. "This report is no longer available for download." Abstract available here.

Restorative Justice in New Zealand: Family Group Conferences as a Case Study
Gabrielle Maxwell, Allison Morris | 1998-06-01 | details»

Paper by Allison Morris and Gabrielle Maxwell, "Western Criminology Review", 1998. Describes the role family group conferences play, drawing from research the authors conducted from 1990 to 1991 and in 1996. Reviews the extent to which young people, their families, and victims can come together to decide how best to deal with the young person's offending.

Community Group Conferencing Evaluation Forms
| 1998-05-31 | details»

Evaluation forms used in the Bethlehem Restorative Policing Experiment (PDF). Includes: Conference Observation Form, Facilitator Data Sheet, Post-Conference Offender Questionnaire, Post-Conference Victim Questionnaire, Post-Conference Offender's Parent Questionnaire, Post-Court Offender Questionnaire, Post-Court Victim Questionnaire, Post-Court Offender's Parent Questionnaire.

Police Attitude Questionnaire
Prepared by the Crime and Justice Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, with Sue Triggs, for the Ministry of Justice temp | 1998-05-31 | details»

This survey was developed for the Bethlehem Restorative Policing Experiment (PDF). It is a combination of two sets of scales reported reliable in previously published studies and two sets of scales found reliable in the Bethlehem Experiment. The survey measures police attitudes and is intended as a pre-test before implementing a change program and again as a post-test at least 12 months later.

Restorative Policing Experiment: The Bethlehem Pennsylvania Police Family Group Conferencing Project
Paul McCold, Benjamin Wachtel | 1998-05-31 | details»

Full 150-page final report from an experimental study of conferencing by police in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (PDF), funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.

Restorative Policing Experiment Summary: The Bethlehem Pennsylvania Police Family Group Conferencing Project
Paul McCold, Benjamin Wachtel | 1998-05-31 | details»

Research summary from the final report on the Bethlehem Police Family Group Conferencing Project, May 1998. Adobe Acrobat version (".pdf") also available.

CCNP Conferencing Project, April 1998
| 1998-04-30 | details»

A report on the Central City Neighborhoods Partnership conferencing project, Minneapolis — the first neighborhood-operated conferencing program, and the first to deal with adult offenders in an urban setting.

From Empathy to Community
Donald Nathanson | 1998-03-15 | details»

Adaptation of an article by Donald Nathanson, Executive Director of the Silvan S. Tomkins Institute, Philadelphia, Pa. Introduces the affect theory of Silvan Tomkins and its relation to conferencing.

The Dynamics of Navajo Peacemaking
James Zion | 1998-02-01 | details»

By James Zion, Northern Arizona University. Discusses the traditional Navajo approach to resolving disputes and responding to criminal behavior.

Community Is Not a Place: A New Look at Community Justice Initiatives
Paul McCold, Benjamin Wachtel | 1997-06-07 | details»

Paper presented to the International Conference on Justice Without Violence: Views from Peacemaking Criminology and Restorative Justice, Albany, New York, June 5-7, 1997, by Paul McCold and Benjamin Wachtel, Community Service Foundation.

Aboriginal People and Justice Issues
Murray Sinclair | 1997-04-18 | details»

Paper by Hon. Murray Sinclair presented at the "2nd International Conference on Conferencing and Circles", August 10-12, 2000, Toronto, Canada.

Bethlehem Police Family Group Conferencing Project
Paul McCold, John Stahr | 1996-11-23 | details»

Preliminary results presented to the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Chicago, November 20-23, 1996.

Restorative Justice and a Better Future
John Braithwaite | 1996-11-17 | details»

Paper by Australian criminologist John Braithwaite, author of "Crime, Shame and Reintegration". Forthcoming in Dalhousie Law Review.

Building Community Support for Restorative Justice: Principles and Strategies
Kay Pranis | 1995-12-31 | details»

Paper by Kay Pranis, Restorative Justice Planner, Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Background Paper on New Zealand Youth Justice Process
Michael Brown | 1995-06-13 | details»

Paper presented at International Bar Assocation, Judges' Forum, Section on General Practice, Edinburgh, June 10-13, 1995. Written by Judge Michael J.A. Brown, Principal Youth Court Judge, New Zealand. Describes origins and process of family group conferencing in New Zealand.

Restorative Justice: The Role of the Community
Paul McCold | 1995-03-31 | details»

Paper presented to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Conference, Boston, March 1995, by Paul McCold.