NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Victims Confront Offenders, Face to Face

Even when criminal cases end in guilty verdicts, sometimes victims need more. A growing number of jurisdictions are giving offenders and victims a chance to meet each other, and even reconcile. Some go further, giving crime victims a say in the offenders’ punishment, without ever going to trial. Listen here…

“The Interrupters”: Addressing Violence in Chicago

From producer/director Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz, The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.

“What is Restorative Justice?” SFU Restorative Justice Centre

“Restorative justice represents a paradigm change from thinking about justice as a mechanism for social control to thinking about justice as a mechanism for social engagement,” says Dr. Brenda Morrison, the director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Restorative Justice.

“Law’s Middle Way: Mindfulness and Restorative Justice” by Sujatha Baliga

Sujatha Baliga presents “Law’s Middle Way: Mindfulness and Restorative Justice” at Berkeley Law on Oct. 22, 2012, a Ruth Chance Lecture co-sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, the Berkeley Initiative for Mindfulness in Law (, and the Restorative Justice Committee. Baliga discusses how a life-changing encounter with the Dalai Lama, and […]

Restorative Justice is Not Forgiveness

Restorative justice has been receiving a lot of attention lately, due to Paul Tullis’s January 4 New York Times Magazine article, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?” This story about a restorative justice conference following the murder of a young woman by her boyfriend was also covered on the January 5 episode of the Today […]