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Restorative justice resources


Video resources

Videos related to restorative justice

Print resources

Books, reports and papers to order or download


More information about how your church or group can borrow restorative justice exhibits





Video resources

Restorative Justice:  Rooted in Respect
Explores how restorative justice works to build community and restore relationships and speak to harm. Also examines how perspectives and understanding have changed in addressing both victims and perpetrators of crime and violence.

Return to the Earth
See how MCC's Return to the Earth study guide helped a Kansas Mennonite church embark on their own journey of education and reconciliation.

Beyond Conviction
A film by noted producer/filmmaker Rachel Libert that tells the story of three crime victims on an emotional journey toward healing and recovery. Beyond Conviction follows participants in Pennsylvania’s Mediation Program for Crimes of Severe Violence and includes interviews with Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Howard Zehr. Available through Tied to the Tracks production company.

Conflict in the Church
A two-part video. "Division or Diversity" (10 min.) shows how conflict can be used to strengthen a congregation. "Living with Conflict" (30 min.) features three hypothetical congregations wrestling with process and power issues. Accompanied by a study guide. Also available in Spanish (Conflicto en la Iglesia).  View online or Contact your regional MCC office for availability.

Print resources

Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice Manual
Foundations and Skills for Mediation and Facilitation, 5th edition
Conflict transformation and restorative justice foundations and skills - from interpersonal to group facilitation. Chapters focus on faith/spirituality, theory, communication, restorative justice, mediation process, group facilitation, group conflict dynamics, standards and ethics of practice, pedagogy and peace work and beyond.

MCC Washington Office Guide to the Death Penalty

Victim Offender Conferencing in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System
This curriculum, written by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Howard Zehr is provided to assist in the design, implementation and operation of victim offender conferencing programs. While it was written specifically for Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system, the curriculum can, and should be, adapted to other programs as well.

A Listening Project: Taking Victims and Their Advocates Seriously
This report details the activities and outcomes from a Listening Project that came out of a commitment to listen to how service and advocacy organizations for victims are experiencing restorative justice approaches, including their hopes and concerns. The Listening Project was carried out by teams of restorative justice and victim community practitioners in seven states during 1999 to 2000.

Conciliation Quarterly
A journal on conflict resolution from a Christian peacemaking perspective. Published by Mennonite Conciliation Service. The final issue, "A Review, Celebration and Farewell: 23 Years of Conciliation Quarterly," was published in Spring 2005. 

Newsletters from Women's Concerns and Women's Advocacy
The Women's Concerns Report (1973 - 2004) and Women's Report E-Newsletter (2009 - 2011) were publications of the former Women's Concerns and Women's Advocacy Program Desks of MCC U.S.

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching responsibility; creating caring climates
If restorative justice has been able to salvage lives within the world of criminal behavior, why shouldn’t its principles be applied in school classrooms and cafeterias? Two educators, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy Mullet, answer yes, yes and yes in this new addition to The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series. Available through Good Books.

The Roleplay Book: 41 Hypothetical Situations for the Practice of Interpersonal Peacemaking
Roleplays, case studies, sociodramas, and one scripted mediation for classroom and workshop use. Ranging from simple to complex and covering single person scenarios, two-party conflicts, multiparty disputes and victim-offender situations. Free copying rights for use in educational settings.


Churches, schools and other groups and agencies can borrow the following exhibits, "When a Parent in is Prison" and "Ladder without Rungs," from MCC U.S.


When a Parent is in Prison

When a Parent is in Prison" is a documentary project of MCC's Restorative Justice program and Eastern Mennonite University's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. The photo exhibit provides a glimpse into the lives of the two million, four hundred thousand children who have a parent in prison. As Nell Bernstein, author of "All Alone in the World" has stated "These children have committed no crime, but the price they are forced to pay is steep. They forfeit too much of what matters to them: their homes, their safety, their public status and private self-image, their primary source of comfort and affection. Their lives are profoundly affected."

Churches, schools and other agencies or groups may reserve the exhibit by emailing or contacting MCC U.S. at (717) 859-1151. Groups pay shipping and handling plus a $50 rental fee.

When a parent is in prison exhibit

The exhibit is user friendly and sets up easily on two 8-foot tables in a variety of configurations. The exhibit has 12 two-sided panels (a total of 24) which are set up in pairs.

panel of When a parent is in prison exhibit

Ladder without Rungs

People who face hardship and trauma often use metaphors to describe their experiences. They are trying to express the unimaginable, the inexpressible, and so must draw upon comparisons to other, more expressible, realities. Some say that the journey from trauma to transcendence requires one to change metaphors: to identify the metaphors of hurt and loss that dominate their lives, and to find new metaphors of hope and health that will guide them into the future. Metaphor, in short, plays an important role in making sense out of hardship and finding ways to transcend it. This exhibit explores metaphors of suffering and trauma from both sides of crime: metaphors used by survivors of violent crime to express their experiences, and metaphors used by life-sentenced prisoners to describe the sentences they are serving. Photographs and interviews by Howard Zehr and paintings and reflections by Manas Ghanem and Judah Oudshoorn.

For adults. Churches, schools, and other civic groups may reserve the exhibit by emailing or contacting MCC U.S. at (717) 859-1151. Groups pay shipping and handling plus a $50 rental fee.