- Doing Life By Howard Zehr
What does it mean to face a life prison sentence? What have "lifers" learned about life - from having taken a life? Photographer Howard Zehr has interviewed and made portraits of men and women in Pennsylvania prisons who are serving life sentences without possibility of parole. He invited them to choose street clothes to wear, then photographed them in a neutral setting with their eyes engaged by the camera. The result? Readers see the prisoners as people, de-mystified. Brief text accompanies each portrait, the voice of each prisoner speaking openly about the crime each has committed, the utter violation of another person each has caused. They speak of loneliness, missing their children growing up, dealing with the vacuum, caught between death and life.
Facing Violence: The Path of Restorative Justice and Dialogue by Mark S. Umbreit, Robert B. Coates, Katherine A. Brown ISBN: 1881798453
Handbook of Victim Offender Mediation: An Essential Guide to Practice and Research by Mark S. S. Umbreit, Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Staff ISBN: 0787954918
Written by Mark Umbreit, internationally known for his work in restorative justice, this indispensable resource offers an empirically grounded, state-of-the-art analysis of the application and impact of victim offender mediation, a movement that has spread throughout North America and abroad. The Handbook of Victim Offender Mediation provides practical guidance and resources for offering victim meditation in property crimes, in minor assaults, and, more recently, with crimes of severe violence, including with family members of murder victims who request to meet the offender.
Houses of Healing (in both English and Spanish) By Robin CasarjianEnglish ISBN: 0964493322 Spanish
Prisoners and prison staff around the country are praising the power of Houses of Healing: A Prisoner’s Guide to Inner Power and Freedom, the groundbreaking book for prisoner healing and rehabilitation. This book is a guide that instructs, encourages, and speaks to prisoners, providing a path to behavioral change, dignity, and respect—for oneself and for others.
- The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships by Barb Toews ISBN: 1561485233
With more than 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in the United States, prisoners are often regarded as a thrown-away population. While the criminal justice system focuses on giving offenders their "just desserts," it does little to explore or restore the needs or factors that lead to crime.
Restorative justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is helping restore prisoners’ sense of humanity while holding them accountable for their actions.
Toews, with years of experience in prison work, shows how people in prison can live restorative justice principles. She shows how these practices can change prison culture and society.
Written for an incarcerated audience, and for those who work with people in person, this book also clearly outlines the experiences and needs of this under-represented part of our society.
Victim Meets Offender: The Impact of Restorative Justice and Mediation by Mark S. Umbreit, Robert B. Coates , Boris Kalanj ISBN: 188179802X