The Center for Restorative Justice is dedicated to promoting conversations among New England residents interested in exploring restorative practices. To that end, we offer several resources.

Heart of Hope: A guide for using peacemaking circles to develop emotional literacy, promote healing & build relationships

Authors: Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Kay Pranis

For ordering information, please email the Center for Restorative Justice. 

Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth

Authors: Carolyn Boyes-Watson

For ordering information, please email the Center for Restorative Justice.

The Getting Started Guide in Restorative Justice: A Guide for New England

Authors: Carolyn Boyes-Watson and Candace Julyan
Publication date: 2005

This guide is designed to assist groups and individuals interested in developing restorative justice programs in their communities. The guide illustrates the various ways that existing programs began and developed their structure and practice.

Download a PDF version of the Guide

Additional Web Resources

The following is a non-exhaustive list of links to information related to restorative justice.

Massachusetts/New England

Boston Theological Institute's Restorative Justice Working Group
An informal collaborative effort convened by the BTI and the Center for Restorative Justice, to promote dialog within and between the legal and theological communities. 

Criminal Justice Policy Coalition
Speaker series, local news, and volunteer opportunities.

United States

Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking [PDF]
A project of the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, offers extensive resources (in PDF format) on victim/offender mediation, circles, and training.

Victim-Offender Mediation Association
Resources for practitioners and general interest, including newsletters, case studies and guidelines for mediation.