Author Archives: Randy Dean

Restorative Justice Multimedia

Being with the Energy of Forgiveness

Texas Monthly Slideshow: Being There

This is an audiovisual photo slideshow about Bridges to Life created by Texas Monthly photographer Sarah Wilson, who narrates the slideshow.  She talks about the stories of victims and volunteers.


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Meeting With a Killer-One Family’s Journey

This is a documentary of Victim Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence. Lisa F. Jackson and nominated for an Emmy, this film details the journey of family members as they prepare to meet the man who murdered their daughter.

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Restorative Justice: It’s Elementary!

This is a Youtube DVD that shows a segment from a documentary film from Central Michigan Restorative Justice about the use of restorative justice in schools.


From Hostility to Harmony

This Youtube DVD produced by the International Institute for Restorative Practices shows a facilitated restorative circle involving girls who recently fought each other in a violent brawl.

Book by Marilyn Armour & Mark Umbreit


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A groundbreaking book founded on extensive original research, designed to determine how restorative dialogue works, and the role of forgiveness within it.

The research involved interviews with 20 victims who went through a Victim Offender Dialogue (used in crimes of severe violence), and documents how the shifts in energy during the course of their dialogue moves the toxicity associated with the crime to a different place. This study explores the role of bilateral forgiveness in restorative work and addresses key questions about the role of forgiveness in restorative justice, such as how it can be measured. It also outlines a model which explains how the energy flow of dyadic forgiveness in restorative justice dialogue is formed.

Rich in data and in findings, this book will deepen understanding of how restorative justice works, and will inform future research and practice in the field.


Weatherford College

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IRJRD and Weatherford College begin work together in advancing the Restorative Movement in Texas.  In addition to providing an office, the College is also giving access to classroom space for presentations and training sessions in Restorative Discipline and Restorative Justice by IRJRD.  Weatherford College, the oldest continuing educational institution west of the Mississippi River, was established in 1869.  Its District includes five Texas counties – Parker, Palo Pinto, Hood, Jack and Wise. The college faculty and staff, administration and board of directors are keen on developing and maintaining educational programs, student support services and activities that are attuned with the needs of the greater community they serve.

Training sessions and workshops by IRJRD at Weatherford College are set to begin in March 2019.  The Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue is grateful to Weatherford College Administration for the opportunity to be a presence on the Weatherford campus and to provide presentations and training sessions in restorative justice here at home.