Restorative Justice Principles

Resources offering general information that applies to all forms of restorative justice. 

Articles and Handouts 

Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters, United Nations ESCO Res. 2000/14 U.N. Doc. E/2000 (July 27, 2000). Link to Article

Fundamental Concepts of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr and Harry Mika (1997). PDF icon PDF

Pitfalls and Opportunities Facing the Restorative Justice Movement, by Mark Umbreit, Betty Vos, Bob Coates (2005) This brief summary is excerpted with permission from the Marquette University Law Review article "Restorative Justice in the 21st Century: A Social Movement Full of Opportunities and Pitfalls." PDF icon PDF

Restorative Justice Inventory: An Organizational Assessment for Juvenile Justice Agencies by Mark Carey  (2000) OJJDP PDF

Justice in the Twenty First Century: A Social Movement Full of Opportunities and Pitfalls, by Mark Umbreit, Betty Vos, Bob Coates, and Liz Lightfoot (2005). Marquette University Law Review.89(2)  PDF

Restorative Justice: Report of the Secretary-General. United Nations Economic and Social Council, Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna, Austria (2002). Link to Article

What Is Restorative Justice, by Mark Umbreit (1999) PDF icon PDF


Changing Lenses, by Howard Zehr, Herald Press (1990). To order

Critical Issues in Restorative Justice, Criminal Justice press, by Howard Zehr and Barb Toews (2004).To order

The Handbook of Restorative Justice, by Gerry Johnstone and Daniel Van Ness, Willan Publishing Co., (2006). To order

Little Book of Restorative Justice, by Howard Zehr (2002). Intercourse, PA: Good Books. To order

PowerPoint Presentations

Restorative Justice for Victims, Offenders and Community by Mark Umbreit, Sheryl Wilson, Ann Warner Roberts (2006) PPT 

Understanding and Responding to Victims of Crime  (NOVA) PPT

Restorative Justice Dialogue: Key Ethical Standards by Mark Umbreit (2003) Office presentation icon PPT