Restorative Justice Dialogue

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Restorative Justice Dialogue

SKU# 9780826122582

An Essential Guide for Research and Practice

Author: Mark Umbreit PhD, Marilyn Peterson Armour PhD

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Although Restorative Justice Dialogue is not a long text, it is an impressive achievement. Each chapter is rich in content, as Umbreit and Armour blend theory, practice, empirical research, and case studies to discuss a range of topics from specific models of restorative justice to the role of facilitators in restorative justice dialogue.


Restorative Justice Dialogue presents a thorough and comprehensive explanation and assessment of the current state of restorative justice in the world.

--Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics

[A]n evidence-based description of the history, practices, and future of restorative dialogue that is informed by the values and principles of law, social work, and spirituality. This is an impressive achievement.

--Daniel W. Van Ness Prison Fellowship International, Washington, DC

I know of no other book that provides such a complete review of the various and emerging restorative practices and the phenomenal growth of this movement worldwide.

--David Karp, PhD Skidmore College

The combination of two outstanding and widely recognized restorative justice researchers, practitioners, and authors has produced a text that is destined to be a major resource.

--Katherine Van Wormer, PhD University of Northern Iowa

This book provides a comprehensive foundation for understanding restorative justice and its application worldwide to numerous social issues. Backed by reviews of empirical research and case examples, the authors describe the core restorative justice practices, including victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, and peacemaking circles, as well as cultural considerations, emerging variations in a wide variety of settings, and the crucial role of the facilitator. Together, authors Umbreit and Armour bring the latest empirical research and clinical wisdom to those invested in the research and practice of restorative justice.

Key topics:

  • Spiritual components of restorative justice
  • Victim-offender mediation
  • Family group conferencing
  • Peacemaking circles
  • Victim-offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence
  • Dimensions of culture in restorative justice
  • Humanistic mediation
  • Application to domestic violence, higher education, and incarceration

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 22, 2010
  • Page Count 352
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122582
  • EISBN 9780826122599

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Table of Contents 


Chapter 1 Restorative Justice as a Social Movement
Chapter 2 A Movement Grounded in Core Social Work Values
Chapter 3 Spirituality
Chapter 4 Restorative Justice Dialogue as Intervention
Chapter 5 Victim-Offender Mediation
Chapter 6 Family Group Conferencing
Chapter 7 Peacemaking Circles
Chapter 8 Victim-Offender Dialogue in Crimes of Severe Violence
Chapter 9 The Facilitator's Role in Restorative Justice Dialogue
Chapter 10 Dimensions of Culture in Restorative Dialogue
Chapter 11 Emerging Areas of Practice