Peacemaking Circles

Author: Kay Pranis
Publisher: Living Justice Press
ISBN: 9781937141011
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Law

"Peacemaking Circles - From Crime to Community is written by experienced circle practitioners. It reveals the values and principles of circles and how circles can be used to respond to crime, from attending to immediate hurts and needs to changing deeper causes, judges, defense attorneys, prosecuters, probation officers and police as well as victim advocates, offenders and community members can learn what makes the circle space uniquely conducive to working through the complex harms of crime in a good way."

Little Book of Circle Processes

Author: Kay Pranis
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781680990416
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Genre: Family & Relationships

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. 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. A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

The Big Book of Restorative Justice

Author: Howard Zehr
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781680991147
Release Date: 2015-10-13
Genre: Law

For the first time, the four most popular restorative justice books in the Justice & Peacebuilding series—The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Revised and Updated, The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing, The Little Book of Family Group Conferences, and The Little Book of Circle Processes—are available in one affordable volume. Restorative justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is a worldwide movement of growing influence that is helping victims and communities heal while holding criminals accountable for their actions. This is not a soft-on-crime, feel-good philosophy, but rather a concrete effort to bring justice and healing to everyone involved in a crime. Circle processes draw from the Native American tradition of gathering in a circle to solve problems as a community. Peacemaking circles are used in neighborhoods, in schools, in the workplace, and in social services to support victims of all kinds, resolve behavior problems, and create positive climates. Each book is written by a scholar at the forefront of these movements, making this important reading for classrooms, community leaders, and anyone involved with conflict resolution.

From the River s Edge

Author: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Publisher: Living Justice Press
ISBN: 9781937141134
Release Date: 2012-01-01
Genre: Fiction

Orignally published: New York: Arcade Pub., 1991.

Little Book of Conflict Transformation

Author: John Lederach
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 9781680990423
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Genre: Political Science

This clearly articulated statement offers a hopeful and workable approach to conflict—that eternally beleaguering human situation. John Paul Lederach is internationally recognized for his breakthrough thinking and action related to conflict on all levels—person-to-person, factions within communities, warring nations. He explores why "conflict transformation" is more appropriate than "conflict resolution" or "management." But he refuses to be drawn into impractical idealism. Conflict Transformation is an idea with a deep reach. Its practice, says Lederach, requires "both solutions and social change." It asks not simply "How do we end something not desired?", but "How do we end something destructive and build something desired?" How do we deal with the immediate crisis, as well as the long-term situation? What disciplines make such thinking and practices possible? A title in The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series.

Restorative Justice in a Prison Community

Author: Cheryl Swanson
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739135090
Release Date: 2009-03-16
Genre: Social Science

Americans are frustrated with prisons. They recognize the need for these institutions, but at the same time, they worry about whether the money used to build and maintain them is well spent. Older prisons are dirty, disgusting, and dangerous, but even newer facilities come up lacking in terms of offering inmates opportunities to take responsibility for their crimes, support their loved ones, further their education, learn job skills, and develop positive relationships in healthy, safe, respectful communities. This book provides insight into the philosophy of restorative justice, which aims to develop ways we can manage our prisons differently to achieve more positive outcomes. Using the case study of an honor dorm in a maximum security prison, the book posits that most of the inmates never learned the basic tools for living life productively and responsibly. They never thought much about their victims or how their actions affected others. They never learned how to get along with others, pick up after themselves, or how to be of service to their fellow man. Swanson uses the writings and reflections of inmates participating in a restorative justice program to demonstrate the challenges and transformative possibilities of this alternative approach to rehabilitation.

Returning to the Teachings

Author: Rupert Ross
Publisher: Penguin Global
ISBN: 0143055593
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Social Science

In his bestselling book Dancing with a Ghost, Rupert Ross began his exploration of Aboriginal approaches to justice and the visions of life that shape them. Returning to the Teachings takes this exploration further still. During a three-year secondment with Justice Canada, Ross travelled from the Yukon to Cape Breton Island, examining—and experiencing—the widespread Aboriginal preference for “peacemaker justice.” In this remarkable book, he invites us to accompany him as he moves past the pain and suffering that grip so many communities and into the exceptional promise of individual, family and community healing that traditional teachings are now restoring to Aboriginal Canada. He shares his confusion, frustrations and delights as Elders and other teachers guide him, in their unique and often puzzling ways, into ancient visions of Creation and our role with it. Returning to the Teachings is about Aboriginal justice and much more, speaking not only to our minds, but also to our hearts and spirits. Above all, it stands as a search for the values and visions that give life its significance and that any justice system, Aboriginal or otherwise, must serve and respect.

Transformative Change

Author: Laura E. Reimer
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739198131
Release Date: 2015-08-21
Genre: Political Science

This book is designed as an undergraduate textbook to be used as a foundation text for peace and conflict studies (PACS) programs or for anyone interested in an overview of the field of peace and conflict studies. The book provides an introduction to the field balancing theory, research, and practice.

Handbook of Restorative Justice

Author: Dennis Sullivan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781134260799
Release Date: 2007-05-07
Genre: Social Science

Handbook of Restorative Justice is a collection of original, cutting-edge essays that offer an insightful and critical assessment of the theory, principles and practices of restorative justice around the globe. This much-awaited volume is a response to the cry of students, scholars and practitioners of restorative justice, for a comprehensive resource about a practice that is radically transforming the way the human community responds to loss, trauma and harm. Its diverse essays not only explore the various methods of responding nonviolently to harms-done by persons, groups, global corporations and nation-states, but also examine the dimensions of restorative justice in relation to criminology, victimology, traumatology and feminist studies. In addition. They contain prescriptions for how communities might re-structure their family, school and workplace life according to restorative values. This Handbook is an essential tool for every serious student of criminal, social and restorative justice.