"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 NessPrison 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, PhDSkidmore 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, PhDUniversity 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
Family group conferencing
Victim-offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence
Dimensions of culture in restorative justice
Application to domestic violence, higher education, and incarceration