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Listing to resource documents for developing individual programmes in settings such as schools and the criminal justice system.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Guidance Manual 2007.
This manual, designed as the primary reference for State and local program managers, provides guidance to assist States in applying for, receiving, obligating, and expending the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) funds. This manual offers guidelines and reference for State and local program managers for applying for JABG funding and explains eligibility, State allocation of funds, distribution of funds, and waivers. Other detailed guidelines include: application process, requirements of State recipients and local subgrantees, definitions of terms, and other available resources. The JABG Program provides State and local governments with funds to develop programs which prevent and control delinquency while strengthening their juvenile justice systems. In implementing the program, OJJDP seeks to reduce juvenile offending through both offender-focused and system-focused activities that promote accountability. The premise of the program is that both the juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system be held accountable. For the juvenile offender, accountability means holding offenders responsible for their delinquent behavior through the imposition of sanctions or other individualized consequences, such as restitution, community service, or victim offender mediation. Juvenile accountability is best achieved through a system of graduated sanctions imposed according to the nature and severity of the offense, moving from limited interventions to more restrictive actions if the offender continues delinquent activities. For the juvenile justice system, strengthening the system requires an increased capacity to develop youth competence, to efficiently track juveniles through the system, and to provide enhanced options such as restitution, community service, victim-offender mediation, and other restorative justice sanctions that reinforce the mutual obligations of an accountability based juvenile justice system. Abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.gov.
Hamel, John. Gender-Inclusive Family Interventions in Domestic Violence: An Overview
"Current policy toward domestic violence, including criminal justice and mental health responses that favor psychoeducational same-sex group treatment for perpetrators (usually for men) and victim services for victims (almost always women), has proven to be shortsighted and limited in its effectiveness (Babcock, Green, & Robie, 2004; Mills, 2003). In this chapter, a critical review is undertaken of family interventions in domestic violence from the advocacy model to past and recent alternative treatment approaches that take into consideration the systemic, interactive, and complex nature of family violence. Afterward, procedures for assessment and treatment are outlined on the basis of a new, research-based gender-inclusive systems model." (excerpt)
Bodine, Richard and Crawford, Donna. Conflict Resolution Education: A Guide to Implementing Programs in Schools, Youth-Serving Organizations, and Community and Juvenile Justice Settings; Program Report
The first chapter defines conflict as a natural condition and examines the origins of conflict, responses to conflict, and the outcomes of those responses. It presents the essential principles, foundation abilities, and problemsolving processes of conflict resolution; discusses the elements of a successful conflict resolution program; and introduces four approaches to implementing conflict resolution education. Each of the next four chapters discusses one of these four approaches and presents examples of programs that use the approach. One chapter describes an approach to conflict resolution education characterized by devoting a specific time to teaching the foundation abilities, principles, and one or more of the problemsolving processes of conflict resolution in a separate course or distinct curriculum. Another chapter describes an approach in which selected, trained individuals provide neutral third-party facilitation in conflict resolution. A chapter presents an approach that incorporates conflict resolution education into the core subject areas of the curriculum and into classroom management strategies, and another chapter presents a comprehensive whole-school methodology that builds on the previous approach. The next two chapters address conflict resolution education in settings other than traditional schools, including juvenile justice and community settings. The final three chapters address more overarching topics: conflict resolution research and evaluation; a developmental sequence of behavioral expectations in conflict resolution; and the process of developing, implementing, and sustaining a conflict resolution program. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service, www.ncjrs.org.
Bennett, Trevor and Brookman, Fiona and Pierpoint, Harriet and Maguire, Mike. Handbook on Crime
The Handbook on Crime provides analysis and explanation of the nature, extent, patterns and causes of over 40 different forms of crime, in each case drawing attention to key contemporary debates and social and criminal justice responses. It also challenges many popular and official conceptions of crime. (Excerpt)
Green, Simon. Research and Policy: Competing or Reconcilable Agendas for Restorative Practice?
Simon Green argues that there is a need to develop a common language. Without a clear epistemology which provides a restorative interpretation of key terms and concepts restorative justice will always be vulnerable to the imposition of alternative values and agendas. It is crucial that researchers are able to inform the development of policy with both theoretical and empirical information and that policy-makers articulate the wider social, economic and political constraints that need to be accommodated within a restorative model. (excerpt)
Board of Directors. By-Laws of Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Inc.
The By-laws of Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Inc. shall provide for the operations of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. The By-laws shall be consistent with the mission and philosophy of Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Inc. (excerpt)
Wachtel, Joshua and Costello, Bob and Wachtel, Ted. The Restorative Practices Handbook for Teachers, Disciplinarians and Administrators.
The Restorative Practices Handbook is a practical guide for educators interested in implementing restorative practices, an approach that proactively builds positive school communities while dramatically reducing discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions. The handbook discusses the spectrum of restorative techniques, offers implementation guidelines, explains how and why the processes work, and relates real-world stories of restorative practices in action. (publisher's description)
Zartman, I. William and Soto, Alvaro de. Timig Mediation Initiatives
This toolkit presents and examines ways for mediators to determine if a conflict is at a stage where mediation is appropriate, interpret how parties see themselves in relation to the conflict, and encourage moments for mediation to occur.
Lehmann, Ingrid A.. Managing Public Information in a Mediation Process
Managing Public Information in a Mediation Process helps mediators identify and develop the resources and strategies the need to reach these audiences. It highlights essential information tasks and functions, discusses key challenges and opportunities, and provides expert guidance on effective approaches. Examples from past mediations illustrate how various strategies have played out in practice. (Excerpt)
RESTORE. RESTORE: Overview Manual
The RESTORE programme offers an alternative to conventional justice processes for victims of sexual assault. This manual describes the basis for the programme and the processes used.
Diversion Association and Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth. Operations manual
The Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Diversion Association (CRJYDA) is a nonprofit organization in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Begun in the late 1990s and rooted in restorative justice principles and practices, it offers diversionary alternatives to the court system for first-time young offenders. This manual details its operations. Following an introduction to the organization and its rules for restorative practice, the manual provides extensive, practical information on program administration. Sections cover the following information: CRJYDA's mission statement and purposes; CRJYD's formation as a nonprofit organization; organization and operation of the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers; the nature and functioning of the diversion process; and a description of CRJYDA's collaboration with community organizations and other resources. Numerous appendices add more detailed information in areas such as these: resource list of restorative justice models; organizational by-laws; sample budget; organizational chart; sample partnership contracts and agreements; statistics; a volunteer application form; a youth alternative measures form; and a glossary of terms.
Costello, Bob and Wachtel, Joshua and Wachtel, Ted. Restorative Circles in Schools: Building Community and Enhancing Learning
Restorative Circles in Schools is an in-depth guidebook on the use of the circle, an essential restorative practice for schools. The book includes a wealth of practical knowledge on circles, drawn from the experience of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, which has worked in a wide variety of settings worldwide. Stories from numerous educators illustrate the circle's use in diverse situations, including proactive circles for improving relationships and enhancing academics, responsive circles to solve problems and address conflict, and circles to address issues among faculty, staff, and administrators. (Excerpt)
Stern, Fred. Peer mediation in secondary school.
This workshop [presentation]provides an overview of peer mediation in secondary schools where the presenter has worked with teachers/students in this program since 1990. What’s worked, what hasn’t? How are other schools using this program?
Ball, Jennifer and Caldwell, Wayne and Pranis, Kay. Doing Democracy With Circles
In this book, we explore the potentials for using Circles to solve the multifaceted and often intensely emotional problems that public planers face on a regular basis. We have written this book specifically for the planning practitioner, the student of planning, and the community member who seeks better public decisions. Yet, it is also true that much of the information that we offer about Circles and how to adapt them to problem-solving may be useful to those who want to apply Circles for other purposes as well. (Excerpt)
McHugh, Gerard. Integrating Internal Displacement in Peace Processes and Agreements
Leading experts on mediation and the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) collaborated to produce this handbook, which gives mediators the tools they need to incorporate IDPs' concerns into peace processes and agreements. The authors highlight four critical steps to asses the causes, dynamics, and characteristics of internal displacement; create the framework for integrating internal displacement; engage IDPs in peace processes; and integrate human rights and interests of IDPs in peace agreements. (Excerpt)
Hyams, Ross and Batagol, Becky and King, Michael S and Freiberg, Arie. Non-Adversarial Justice
This comprehensive book provides a large overview of emerging trends in Australian criminal justice. While the current system operates under adversarial justice, there have been increasing movements away from it. Some alternative forms of non-adversarial justice that have developed are therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, preventive law, creative problem solving, holistic approaches to law, and appropriate or alternative dispute resolution. Each approach is presented in its own chapter, with information about their backgrounds, potential benefits, and potential drawbacks. The authors then compare and contrast procedure under adversarial justice and non-adversarial justice in the context of family law. Then the book shifts away from modes of justice to specific developments in the legal system that reflect growth away from adversarial justice. These include problem-oriented courts, diversion schemes and intervention programs, indigenous sentencing courts, and managerial and administrative justice. Lastly, the authors develop what the application of adversarial justice to coroners, court management (specifically the development of the judicial role), lawyers, and legal educators would look like.
Mason, Simon J.A. and Siegfried, Matthias. Debriefing Mediators to Learn from Their Experiences
Debriefing Mediators to Learn from Their Experiences examines interviews conducted with mediators to learn lessons about their mediation "method." These methodological debriefings are typically conducted by individuals who have not been directly involved in the mediator's work but who want to learn the mediator's perspective on what was done and why it was done. This handbook enhances the practice of mediation by showing how lessons from individual mediators can be identified an made available both to their organizations and to a wider practitioner audience. It also gives guidance to staff debriefing mediators who are or have been directly involved in peace negotiations. (Excerpt)
Jorgensen, Gro. ‘Selling’ restorative justice to the media-How far can we go?
The author discusses why people involved in mediation should not be afraid to interact with the media. She goes on to describe how journalists think and work in order to provide tips on how best to be a good source and accommodate the media's values while portraying restorative justice in its best light. All her points are illustrated by her own experience as both a journalist and a person who works with the Norwegian Ministry of Justice.
Pollard, Sir Charles. Addressing the Public
A former official from the Thames Valley Police discusses his history with restorative justice and how the force used it to address neighborhood disputes. The author says that integral to using restorative justice effectively was communicating clearly and strategically with the public. He highlights some of the difficulties that may hamper communication and some of the strengths that may make restorative justice more palatable to the public, and then presents tactics to aid the dialogue between advocates and the public.
McGlade, Hannah and Cripps, Kyllie. Indigenous family violence and sexual abuse: Considering pathways forward.
Australian Indigenous experiences of family and sexual violence have received much media and government attention since 2006. Three state government reports into the problem have been published in this time. These reports highlighted the disproportionate incidence of sexual assault and family violence within Indigenous communities and the many complexities associated with such experiences. They also illustrated that Indigenous communities are actively considering pathways forward for healing and for justice for victims, their families, and the broader kin network who inevitably feel the ripple effects of such violence. Increasingly, international examples of pathways forward are being considered for their applicability in the Australian Indigenous context. This paper critically examines the international case study ofthe Community Holistic Circle Healing process developed by the community of Hollow Water, Canada. Australian Indigenous family violence reports since 1999 have identified this process as an example of best practice in the management of sexual violence in Indigenous communities and have recommended that similar such models and processes be considered for implementation in Australia. This paper critically examines the program in its own context and reflects on the feasibility of its transference into the very different geographic, social, cultural, political and spiritual contexts of Australian Indigenous communities. (author's abstract)

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