Restorative Justice Resources – Minnesota Restorative Services Coalition

I put together a quick page for today’s summit and I am sharing that here:


Talking &
Teaching RJ:


IIRP –join the list serve, data
base of articles

Restorative Justice On-line –

Power-point overview, excellent and extensive data base of articles

UK, site – Restorative Justice
videos – powerful, best practice information

Colorado group – RJ in

Illinois BARJ –     Sally Wolf, promoting restorative
practices, more Illinois, interviews:


See Harold Gatensby A Healing
River –

Youth Testimony:

“example” Radio Interview:

Dennis Maloney:


Living Justice Press


U of MN:



National Conference:,com_frontpage/Itemid,58/

Other videos:


Linda White:


Howard Zehr:


True or False?
Howard Zehr and Kris Miner quoted in Glamour Magazine?


U.K. Ministry of
Justice Report Finds Restorative Justice Conferencing Reduces Reoffending an
Average of 27 Percent, Satisfies Victims and Saves Money


Juveniles convicted
of property crimes in Northumbria, U.K. (Sherman et al., 2006)

12% recidivism after
restorative justice process used with youths

68% recidivism when
only processed through the court


Youths convicted of
public order crimes in Indianapolis (McGarrell et al., 2000)

Restorative justice
had half the recidivism rate compared to other diversion programs

Their study concluded that in
at least two trials each:

  • RJ reduced recidivism for offenders
    of both violent and property crimes.
  • RJ reduced post-traumatic stress
    symptoms and the desire for revenge for victims.
  • RJ processes were preferred over CJ
    by both victims and offenders.
  • RJ reduced costs when used as
    diversion from CJ.
  • When RJ was an option, two or more
    times as many cases were brought to justice (including cases of robbery and


(1990). Restitution
Recidivism Crime and Justice
Network Newsletter. Oct 1990 – Mar 1991. p7. Dowloaded 20 January 2005.   As Howard Zehr observes at the outset of this
article, a recurrent question about victim offender reconciliation programs
(VORP) programs raises the issue of recidivism. Do offenders who participate in VORP and
make restitution re-offend? Are re-offending or recidivism rates higher, the same, or lower for such
offenders? In response, Zehr reviews findings from a study conducted by Laurie
Ervin and Anne Schneider (found in Criminal Justice,
Restitution, and Reconciliation, ed. Burt Galaway and Joe Hudson, Criminal Justice
Press, 1990). Ervin and Schneider found that restitution programs, especially
when part of well structured VORPs, do appear to reduce recidivism rates by a measurable amount.


The national recidivism
re-arrest rate is 67.5%


The recidivism rate for the program is less
than 10 percent, compared to 30 percent with more traditional programs.

Independent research shows overwhelmingly how
effective RJ can be:   slashes
reoffending rates by up to a half over eight of ten of victims feel that
meeting their offender is a positive experience almost eight of ten would
recommend the process to others.


This contrasts with the traditional justice
system where less than one in three who become crime victims are satisfied with
how they are treated.


Prison Reform Trust’s latest report from the Out
of Trouble campaign finds that 38% of 10 to 17 year olds participating in
Northern Ireland’s restorative justice process in 2006 reoffended within a
year, compared to 71% of those sent to prison that year.