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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.

Restorative Discipline

“Restorative Discipline is a whole-school, relational approach to building school climate and addressing student behavior that fosters belonging over exclusion, social engagement over control, and meaningful accountability over punishment.” Dr. Marilyn Armour, IRJRD founder

Restorative Discipline is a Texas Model of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in schools.  Like Restorative Practices, Restorative Discipline is preventative, building strong relationships and communities through  shared values, mutual respect, effective communications, inclusivity and shared stories.  Additionally, like Restorative Justice, Restorative Discipline effectively deals with wrongdoing and harm by giving opportunities to all involved parties to “tell their story,” describe how the incident has affected them, share their needs, and offer solutions for resolving the situation, repairing the harm and moving forward.

School in which Restorative Discipline has been implemented with fidelity have documented reductions in discipline referrals, suspensions and expulsions, improved campus climate and culture, strengthened relationships across the campus, and increases in student achievement.

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It views crime as a violation and harming of people and relationships.

It is an approach to problem solving that is based around three basic concepts:

  • When crime (or wrongdoing) occurs, the focus is on the harm that has been done to people and relationships

  • When harm has been done, obligations and liabilities have been created

  • All involved parties, wrongdoers, victims and the community, should be included in the resolution process

Restorative Justice programs are characterized by four key features:

  • Inclusion – all affected parties are given opportunity to participate in the resolution process

  • Encounter – victims, wrongdoers, their families and community members who want to are given opportunities to meet to discuss the incident and its impact on them

  • Amends – wrongdoers are expected to take the agreed upon steps to repair the harm their actions caused Reintegration – seek to restore wholeness and relationships so that all affected parties can return to being contributing members of the community



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.


Restorative Practices

Restorative practices is a social science that studies how to create, improve and repair relationships between people and communities. Its goal is to build healthy communities by strengthening connections and relationships between community members, improving meaningful communication, fostering shared community values, and enhance understanding and empathy. 

The use of restorative practices has been shown to:

  • reduce crime, violence and bullying

  • improve behavior

  • strengthen communities

  • develop effective leadership

  • restore relationships

  • repair harm

Restorative Practices evolved in part from the concepts and principles of Restorative Justice.  It differs in that Restorative Justice is widely viewed as primarily reactive, responding to problem behavior and wrongdoing after the behavior occurs.  Restorative Practices includes processes that are proactive, building relationships and a sense of belonging and community to prevent conflict and wrongdoing.

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.