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Restorative Justice Today


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Foreword - Shadd Maruna Part I Overview: Introduction to Restorative Justice Chapter 1: Restorative Justice: Definition and Purpose - Lorenn Walker Box 1. Restorative Justice: What's That? Howard Zehr Box 2: Howard Zehr's Restorative Justice in Threes Chapter 2: Reflections from a Descendant of the Minnesota Restitution Center (MRC) - Kay Pranis Box 3: Reflections From a Founder of the Minnesota Restitution Center: Burt Galaway Chapter 3: Preparing Students of Criminal Justice for Restorative Justice Practice - Rudi Kauffman and Heather Koontz Chapter 4: Restorative Justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: All in the Family - David Wexler Part II Overview: Prevention Programs And Community Practice Chapter 5: Restorative Justice for Victims Without Offender Participation - Lorenn Walker Chapter 6: A Story of the Emergence of Restorative Practice in Schools in Australia and New Zealand: Reflect, Repair, Reconnect - Margaret Thorsborne Chapter 7: Restorative Justice for Juvenile Delinquents in Hong Kong and China - Dennis S.W. Wong Chapter 8: Youth Justice and Restorative Justice in Norway - Ida Hydle Chapter 9: Beyond Policy: Conferencing on Student Misbehavior - Lorenn Walker Chapter 10: Family Group Conferences in Youth Justice and Child Welfare in Vermont - Gale Burford Box 4: Restorative Justice in Yuma County, Arizona: Mary E. White Chapter 11: Creating Healthy Residential Communities in Higher Education Through the Use of Restorative Practices - Ted Wachtel and Stacey Miller Part III Overview: Pre-Trial: Before or After Arrest - Diversion Programs Chapter 12: Restorative and Diversionary Responses to Youth Offending in New Zealand - Gabrielle Maxwell Box 5: Circles of Change: Bringing a More Compassionate Justice System to Troubled Youth in Oakland: Micky Duxbury Chapter 13: Community Members: Vital Voices to the Restorative Justice Process - Mona Schatz Chapter 14: Restorative Justice and Gendered Violence - Anne Hayden and Katherine van Wormer Chapter 15: Clergy Child Sexual Abuse: The Restorative Justice Option - Theo Gavrielides Part IV Overview: In Correctional and Reentry Programs Chapter 16: "Hate Left Me That Day": Victim Offender Dialogue in Vermont - Amy Holloway and Gale Burford Chapter 17: Brazil's Restorative Prisons - Lorenn Walker, Andrew Johnson, and Katherine van Wormer Chapter 18: Restorative Justice Skills Building for Incarcerated People - Lorenn Walker and Ted Sakai Box 6: Remembering Bob Shapel: A Prison Restoration Dialogue at Walla Walla: Lorenn Walker Chapter 19: Huikahi Restorative Circles: A Public Health Approach for Reentry Planning - Lorenn Walker and Rebecca Greening Chapter 20: Restorative Celebrations for Parolee and Probationer Completion: The Importance of Ritual for Reentry - Lorenn Walker Part V Overview: Community Restoration and Reparation Chapter 21: Restorative Interventions for Post-War Nations - Carl Stauffer Chapter 22: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and Transitional Justice in a Restorative Justice Context - David K. Androff Chapter 23: Social Work Values and Restorative Justice - Marta Vides Saade Box 7: Responding to the Needs of Those Harmed by Crime: Mary Roche Chapter 24: Restorative Justice Almost 50 Years Later: Japanese American Redress for Exclusion, Restriction, and Incarceration - Rita Takashashi Chapter 25: Speaking Earth: Environmental Restoration and Restorative Justice - Fred H. Besthorn Box 8: Traditional North American Native Restorative Justice Philosophy and Practice: Laura Mirsky

About the Author

Katherine S. van Wormer, MSSW, PhD, is professor of social work at the University of Northern Iowa. Her PhD is in sociology from the University of Georgia. Uniquely in the 1960s, van Wormer participated in two civil rights movements-one in North Carolina and one in Northern Ireland, where she taught English for several years. In the late 1980s, she moved to Norway for two years to practice alcoholism counseling. Dr. van Wormer has authored or co-authored over 20 books and 60 articles. Among the recent books she has authored or co-authored are Death by Domestic Violence: Preventing the Murders and the Murder-Suicides (2009, Praeger); Working with Female Offenders: A Gender-Sensitive Approach, (2010, Wiley & Sons); two volumes of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro and Macro Levels, Second Edition (2011, Oxford University Press); and Addiction Treatment: A Strengths Perspective, Third Edition (2012, Cengage). Her most recent books are Restorative Justice Today (2012, SAGE) and Women and the Criminal Justice System, Fourth Edition (2014, Pearson). Dr. van Wormer and her co-author have done numerous speaking engagements related to their 2012 book, The Maid Narratives: African American Domestic Workers and their Employers in the Jim Crow South (LSU Press). Lorenn Walker, JD, MPH, is a public health educator, restorative lawyer (experienced in civil, family, and both defense and prosecution in criminal law), an Associate Professor of Practice, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and director of Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice. Lorenn uses public health approaches to address and prevent injustice. She designs, implements, evaluates, and publishes the results of group and individual processes addressing conflict and reconciliation. She is a former Hawai'i state deputy attorney general and represented state agencies and employees. Later she defended indigent youth and adults in family court cases. She is the author of over 50 academic articles and several books including Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications published by Sage. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Northeastern University School of Law, bachelors degree in communication, and masters degree in public health from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. At age 19 she earned her Montessori teacher certification to teach pre-school through third grade from the former St. Nicholas Training Centre for the Montessori Method. Lorenn's childhood and youth experiences have informed her work in criminal justice. She did not learn to read until she was 9, lived on her own when she was 14, dropped out of school at 15, was adjudicated as a juvenile offender at 16 and spent a short time in jail. She also was a teen parent, was seriously injured and almost murdered in an attempted rape at age 24. Lorenn completed law school at age 31 and today is a Senior Fulbright Specialist who has trained thousands internationally, nationally, and locally on conflict management and has facilitated hundreds of restorative meetings. Her work has been replicated in other states and countries. CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and NPR have interviewed her about her restorative justice work. She has a special interest in working with disenfranchised populations and improving the justice system.


"Lorenn Walker and Katherine van Wormer assemble a very contemporary collection of reforms, evidence and critique on the transformation of justice. Its pages are graced with the reflections of many of the deepest thinkers and doers of restorative justice. The book is a wonderful accomplishment that is strewn with so many gems of beautiful thought and beautiful practice. This is an inspiring book for those struggling to seek the heartland of a restorative vision." -- John Braithwaite
"This book offers up-to-date, original scholarship on a variety of restorative justice topics from multiple perspectives and a variety of countries. Its contents should be of interest to scholars, practitioners, and educators alike. Much of the material is on the cutting edge-for example, the detailed descriptions of restorative strategies for situations of school bullying, gendered violence, reentry following incarceration, and priest abuse. -- John Graham
"Restorative Justice Today is a needed contribution that begins the next phase of serious discussion in the RJ field. While sound theory and research remain central to advancement, this contribution provides an outline for expanding and improving practice in a number of settings. The book samples stories of innovative use of restorative justice and describes promising pathways to application in settings from playgrounds to prisons, and across disparate cities and continents." -- Gordon Bazemore, Ph.D.
"It will be a beautiful day in our world where Restorative Justice Today is read by all who work in criminal justice as well as all who are impacted by crime. The book is highly instructive and profoundly validating to the mind and heart in describing how true justice can be achieved. This amazing book underscores how restorative justice can and must be part of the criminal justice fabric and approach as a rule not as an exception." -- Sunny Schwartz
"Restorative Justice Today" is a very well-done, tight collection and contemporary view of the realities and possibilities world-wide for reform, evidence and critique on the transformation of justice. Graduate university programs in Law, Conflict Resolution, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Peace Studies, Indigenous Societies, and many more disciplines may make good use of this book, with its condensed format for chapters and up-to-date international links to experts and practitioners." -- Bruce E. Barnes

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