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The Little Book of Restorative Justice
by Howard Zehr
Vengeance and bitter violence have had their turns -- without redemptive results. How should we as a society respond to wrongdoing? When a crime occurs or an injustice is done, what needs to happen? What does justice require?
Howard Zehr, known worldwide for his pioneering work in transforming our understandings of justice, here proposes workable Principles and Practices for making restorative justice both possible and useful. First he explores how restorative justice is different from criminal justice. Then, before letting those appealing observations drift out of reach, into theoretical space, Zehr presents Restorative Justice Practices. Zehr undertakes a massive and complex subject and puts it in graspable form, without reducing or trivializing it.
This is a handbook, a vehicle for moving our society toward healing and wholeness. This is a sourcebook, a starting point for handling brokenness with hard work and hope. This resource is also suitable for academic classes and workshops, for conferences and trainings.
By the author of Changing Lenses; Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims; and Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences.
The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Together in Dialogue
by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz
Victim offender dialogues have been developed as a way to hold offenders accountable to the person they have harmed and to give victims a voice about how to put things right. It is a way of acknowledging the importance of the relationship, of the connection which crime creates. Granted, the relationship is a negative one, but there is a relationship.
Rooted in the practices of native peoples, the intentional act of bringing victims and offenders together has been happening for more than 30 years.
"Conferencing" addresses victims' discomfort with the idea of "reconciliation." It avoids the connotation that victims may negotiate their losses when they hear the term "mediation." "Conferencing" acknowledges the participatory nature of the process. And it gives flexibility about who is included, making room for members of the larger community if appropriate.
This practical Little Book looks at:
Why someone would participate in a conference
How the process works
How very “serious” cases are handled
Barriers and benefits in the process
Amstutz has been a practitioner and a teacher in the field for more than 20 years.
The Little Book of Restorative Discipline in the Schools
by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy H. Mullet
Can an overworked teacher possibly turn an unruly incident with students into an “opportunity for learning, growth, and community-building”? If restorative justice has been able to salvage lives within the world of criminal behavior, why shouldn’t its principles be applied in school classrooms and cafeterias? And if our children learn restorative practices early and daily, won’t we be building a healthier, more just society?
Two educators answer yes, yes, and yes in this new addition to The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series. They urge a focus on consequences rather than punishment. They insist that relationships -- far more than rules -- are central to building community, and that community fosters caring and belonging. They put up with no hypocrisy: teachers and administrators must live restorative practices, too. So how does it all work?
Stutzman and Amstutz offer applications and models. Among them are class meetings for 5th graders; reintegration of 7th- and 8th- graders who were suspended; circle processes, which offer space for all voices to be heard, and also quiet tensions that are building; and community conferencing when trouble shapes up between students and neighbors.
“Discipline that restores is a process to make things as right as possible.” This Little Book shows how to get there.
The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships
by Barb Toews
With more than 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in the United States, prisoners are often regarded as a thrown-away population. While the criminal justice system focuses on giving offenders their "just desserts," it does little to explore or restore the needs or factors that lead to crime.
Restorative justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is helping restore prisoners’ sense of humanity while holding them accountable for their actions.
Toews, with years of experience in prison work, shows how people in prison can live restorative justice principles. She shows how these practices can change prison culture and society.
Written for an incarcerated audience, and for those who work with people in person, this book also clearly outlines the experiences and needs of this under-represented part of our society.
The Little Book of Healthy Organizations: Tools for Understanding and Transforming Your Organization
By David Brubaker and Ruth Hoover Zimmerman
"The best way to change the world may be one organization at a time."
With this ambitious claim, the authors of this highly readable primer provide insightful analysis for evaluating and improving the health of any organization. They advocate a "systems approach," which views organizations as living systems, interconnected in their various departments, and interfacing with their environments.
Leaders of organizations from all sectors will find sound advice concerning the four major components of organizations -- their structure, leadership, culture, and environment.
What the classic dispute over "who gets the corner office" is really about.
The difference between a good leader and a great one.
What new hires may know about an organization that longer-term employees don't.
How organizational change and conflict are not only inevitable, but survivable.
Each chapter contains examples from the authors' varied experiences with organizational change and conflict, written from a spirited, hopeful approach for creating a better world.
The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking
by Kay Pranis
Our ancestors gathered around a fire in a circle, families gather around their kitchen tables in circles, and now we are gathering in circles as communities to solve problems. The practice draws on the ancient Native American tradition of a talking piece and combines that with concepts of democracy and inclusivity.
Peacemaking Circles are used in neighborhoods to provide support for those harmed by crime and to decide sentences for those who commit crime, in schools to create positive classroom climates and resolve behavior problems, in the workplace to deal with conflict, and in social services to develop more organic support systems for people struggling to get their lives together.
The Circle process hinges on storytelling. It is hard work, but it is an effort bringing astonishing results around the country.