Books, research papers, RJ organizations.

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Books, Videos and Movies

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The neuroscience of restorative justice– Daniel Reisel-  If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?

Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice- Documentary– This informative documentary looks at restorative justice through the eyes of victims, offenders, judges, lawyers, First Nations elders and scholars of all different faiths. 

Journey to the Centre– Documentary-  Inmates joined a group of church volunteers to plan and build the labyrinth, solving all the complexities of design that came with the project. They found it motivated them to think, engage in teamwork and give something back to the community.

Educational RJ videos- Heartspeak Productions

Giving victims a voice– Ministry of Justice UK

Hard Time– A Victim and Offender’s Unlikely Bond


Burning Bridges– conferencing circle- Pennsylvania

Face to Face– restorative justice conferences- Australia

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Action Planning Toolkits

Restorative Justice Week will be held in Canada, and throughout the world, from November 20-27, 2016. The theme for the #RJWeek is Inspiring Innovation.

Restorative justice (RJ) is a philosophy and an approach that views crime and conflict as harm done to people and relationships. It is a non-adversarial, non-retributive approach to justice that emphasizes healing in victims, accountability of offenders, and the involvement of citizens in creating healthier, safer communities. The goal is to reach meaningful, satisfying, and fair outcomes through inclusion, open communication, and truth.

Discover the many uses of RJ. Explore how RJ can deal with harm in different situations: families, neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, etc. Think about how RJ values and principles can be applied to every day challenges.

During Restorative Justice Week 2016, we encourage you to:

The National Restorative Justice Symposium, will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 21-22, 2016. The Symposium raises awareness of a restorative approach to addressing crime and conflict. This year’s Symposium is being hosted by the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice and Dalhousie University.

For information on past Restorative Justice Week themes, events, resources, and proclamations, please contact us.

B.C.- Understanding Youth and Gangs– For parents and teens a booklet describing how gangs work and recruit.

Restorative Practices: Fostering Healthy Relationships & Promoting Positive Discipline in Schools- A Guide for Educators

Public Policy Advocacy- A Best Practice Guide– Critical Steps to Effective Policy Advocacy

Take Action – How to move RJ forward in your community from BC Criminal Justice Reform.

Media Tool Kit European Forum for Restorative Justice– Scientific research has shown that the public lacks a clear understanding of RJ. Research has also shown that the public relies on mass media for information. This tool kit outlines how RJ organizations can use the media to reach the public.

A Toolkit for Developing Community-based Dispute Resolution Processes in First Nations Communities

BC Policing & Community Safety Plan– interesting reading

Restorative Practices Evaluation Toolkit– This Toolkit is intended for use by restorative practice stakeholders in community based, school based and/or justice contexts.

Protecting Children’s Rights in Criminal Justice Systems- A training manual and reference point for professionals and policy makers.

Guiding Principles A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline– Our goal of preparing all students for college, careers, and civic life cannot be met without first creating safe schools where effective teaching and learning can take place.  Simply put, no school can be a great school — and ultimately prepare all students for success — if it is not first a safe school.


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Parliament of Canada- LEGISinfo

LEGISinfo is an essential research tool for finding information on legislation before Parliament. This tool provides electronic access to a wide range of information about individual bills…

Government of Canada Introduces Legislation to Protect Children from Predators and Exploitation 

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Government Reports

Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator 2012-2013

British Columbia Justice SummitNov. 2013– Report of Proceedings

Feb. 13, 2014- Victim Services in Canada, 2011/2012– Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics

April 2014– Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator (Canada) on the Baffin Correctional Centre and the Legal and Policy Framework of Nunavut Corrections

April 2014 – Bill C-32 – Victims Bill of Rights Act

May 2014-  A Cornerstone for Change_ A Response to Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights from the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime             Une pierre angulaire du changement_ Réponse de l’ombudsman fédérale des victimes d’actes criminels au project de loi C-32 la Charte des droits des victimes


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Research Papers

July 2014- Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-trial Detention

July 2014- U.S.- Recalibrating Justice: A Review of 2013 State Sentencing and Corrections Trends

April 2014- The Dalhousie Law Journal- Trauma Informed Approaches to Law- Why Restorative Justice Must Understand Trauma and Psychological Coping

March 25, 2014- Family-Victim Research – CFCN Final Report – How can victim-service programs and resources in Canada adequately address the needs of family-victims, giving particular attention to the complexity of family relationships that have been disrupted by crime?

Feb.2014- Vertically Integrated Peace Building and Community Violence Reduction in Haiti– Post-conflict peace building has emerged as a crucial global governance challenge.

Criminal Justice Policy Review Implementing and Evaluating Restorative Justice Projects in Prison, Diane Crocker- This article describes a restorative justice project run in three Canadian prisons.

UK- Restorative Justice Journal– the best and most rigorously researched theoretical and practical scholarship. Free content available.

Restorative Justice the Views of Victims and Offenders – Although originally released in 2007 the study and Restorative Justice Council- Discussion are still relevent.

Identification and Operationalization of the Major Risk Factors for Antisocial and Delinquent Behaviour among Children and Youth– Public Safety Canada

Punishment or Logical Consequences- A Response to the Punishment Debate Within Restorative Justice– Restorative justice and retributive justice systems worldwide have entered a transitional period where old and new justice paradigms overlap, resulting in imprecise terminology and inconsistent practices.

“Restorative Justice: A Primer and Exploration of Practice Across Two North American Cities”– Natalie DeFreitas has co-authored a whitepaper with researchers and psychologists from the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice in Chicago comparing RJ practices in Vancouver vs. Chicago.

Bullying in Brazilian Schools and Restorative Practices– Bullying is a widespread phenomenon……

Exploration of RJ in one Ontario School – This qualitative case study explores the implementation of RJ within one Ontario public school.

Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of the Restorative Opportunities ProgramFr.  Eng.

Restorative Justice in the Australian Criminal Justice System–  A comprehensive review of restorative justice programs currently operating within the Australian criminal justice systems. An excellent read. 

Australian Institute of Criminology full list of publications.

Nov. 1, 2013- Restorative Justice Conferencing Using Face-to-Face Meetings of Offenders and Victims: Effects on Offender Recidivism and Victim Satisfaction. A Systematic Review– RJC’s cause a modest but highly cost effective reduction in repeat offending, with substantial benefits for victims.


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Restorative Justice Practices: The Lever That Moves The World

holding-handsTodd Gribbon is a Principal in the Near North District School Board and a former Director with the CRJC.

Restorative Justice Practices: The Lever That Moves The World

Todd has also blogged about RJ in Schools- See our topics section and the Canadian Journal of Education.

A Restorative School– Todd Gribbon

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Serving Victims of Crime

Hear what victim and victim-serving agencies have to say. Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)

The Church Council on Justice and Corrections SAGE e-bulletin

Check out the latest Newsletter from the CRCVC. Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime- March 2014

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RJ Programs and Services Across Canada

For a list of RJ services and education programs across Canada, consult the Canadian Inventory of RJ Programs and the Canadian Resource Guide to RJ and Conflict Resolution Programs.

Restorative Justice Programs Canada 2012

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Discussion Paper on the Potential Development of a CRJC (Nov. 2007)

Report on the 2007-2008 Consultation (October 2009)

Report on the Winnipeg Meeting (June 2010)

Subcommittee Suggestions for the CRJC (March 2011)

Proposal for the CRJC (September 2011)

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