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Welcome: journalists and reporters, media relations people and others interested in presenting information and stories about restorative justice.

InterviewRestorative justice is an important movement in the criminal justice system. It has the potential not only of responding more effectively to victims and offenders, but also of helping address chronic system problems such as overcrowding.

If you are on deadline, you might want to start with the links immediately below. They will lead you to short briefing papers on their topics.

If you have some more time, there are a number of articles organized at the bottom of the page that may be of interest.

Check out these links . . . .

. . . . for a one-pager on restorative justice; for a four-page briefing; for a more in-depth, web-based introduction . . . .

. . . . for a brief summary of research findings comparing restorative justice to other approaches . . . .

. . . . for true stories of victims and offenders who have used restorative justice . . . .

. . . . for an overview of places it is being used around the world . . . .

. . . . for stories and reports prepared by other members of the media . . . .

. . . . for suggestions about organizations and individuals you might contact for interview . . . .

For more in-depth information, take a look at the topics below for many articles and other resources. Also, check out some of the other tabs on the RJ Online home page. Learn why judges use restorative processes, for example, and how they are being incorporated into prison regimes.

If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to help. Contact us by email at

What is Restorative Justice?
This short briefing paper explains the concepts and processes of restorative justice.
Personal Stories
Read and see videos from the perspectives of different participants in restorative justice process: victims, offenders, and practitioners.
Audio/Video Resources
See and listen to stories about restorative justice processes and programmes.
Stories from the Media
Read articles from various media outlets about restorative justice and restorative processes.
Restorative Justice Processes
Short descriptions of the three main processes most often identified with restorative justice: restorative circles, restorative conferencing, and victim-offender mediation.
Kinds of Crimes
At first, restorative programmes were used for juveniles with short records and relatively minor crimes. Over time, however, the programmes have been adjusted to work with adults as well, and with more serious nonviolent crimes and even violent crimes. The legal effect of agreements tends to vary based on the crime; for less serious crimes the judge may adopt the agreement as the sentence, while in homicide cases, for example, there is little if any impact on the defendant's sentence. In those instances restorative encounters are used to help the victim's (and the offender's) healing.
Restorative Justice around the World
Restorative Justice is a worldwide phenomenon. Here is where to find information about restorative policies, practices and programmes organized by region and country.
Uses Outside of Criminal Justice
Restorative justice values and principles have applications far beyond the criminal justice system. They are implemented in both schools and workplaces.

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Restorative Justice Online - Featured Video

A long-time repeat offender describes the impact of meeting with his victims.