​Resources and Recommended Reading

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Hutchsion, Katy. Walking After Midnight: One Woman's Journey Through Murder, Justice and Forgiveness. Vancouver: Raincoast Books, 2006. Also visit www.katyhutchisonpresents.com

Morris, Debbie (with Gregg Lewis). Forgiving the Dead Man Walking. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998.

Prejean, Helen C.S.J. Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. New York: Random House, 1993.

Schwartz, Sunny (with David Bloodell). Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption and One Woman's Fight to Restore Justice to AllNew York: Scribner, 2009. Also visit www.sunnyschwartz.com

Virk, Manjit. Reena: A Father's Story. Victoria, BC: Heritage House Publishing, 2008.


Beck, Elizabeth. Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking and Reconciliation.London: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Black, D., J. Harris-Hendricks and T. Kaplan. When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief. London: Routledge, 1993 (2nd Ed. 2000).

Chödrön, Pema. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2002.

Chödrön, Pema. The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. Boston: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1997.

Dussich, John P.J. and Jill Schellenberg, Editors. The Promise of Restorative Justice: New Hope for Criminal Justice and Beyond. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2010. 

Fine, Carla. No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One. New York: Broadway Books, 1997.

Garbarino, James. Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. New York: Random House, Inc., 1999.

Hannem, Stacey. Marked by Association: Stigma, marginalisation, gender and the families of male prisoners in Canada. PhD Dissertation. Ottawa: Carleton University, 2008. 

James, John W. and Russell Friedman. The Grief Recovery Handbook: An Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.

Levine, Peter A. with Ann Frederick. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books, 1997.

Pranis, Kaye, Barry Stuart and Mark Wedge. Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community. St. Paul, Minnesota: Living Justice Press, 2003.

Ross, Rupert. Return to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice. Toronto: Penguin Canada, 1996.

Thich Nhat Hanh. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of of Mindfulness in Everyday LifeNew York: Bantam Books, 1991.

Towes, Barb. The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2006.

Withers, Lloyd. Time Together: a survival guide for families and friends visiting in Canadian federal prisons. Kingston, Ontario: CFCN (Canadian Families and Corrections Network), 2000.

Yantzi, Mark. Sexual Offending and RestorationWaterloo: Herald Press, 1998.

Yoder, Carolyn. The Little Book of Trauma Healing: When Violence Strikes and Community Security is Threatened. Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2005.

Zehr, Howard. Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. Scottsdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2005.

Zehr, Howard. The Little Book of Restorative JusticeIntercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2002. 

Zehr, Howard. Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (A book of portraits and interviews). Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2001.

Zehr, Howard. Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences (A book of portraits and interviews). Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 1996.

Zehr, Howard, and Lorraine StutzmanAmstutz. What Will Happen To Me? (Stories and portraits of children and youth with incarcerated parents), Intercourse, Pennsylvania: Good Books, 2010.

Organizations and Service Providers

Fostering, Empowering, Advocating Together (F.E.A.T.) for Children of Incarcerated Parents (Greater Toronto Area) was founded in 2011 to support the needs of the over 15000 children in the Greater Toronto Area that have a parent in the criminal justice system. Offers programs for children and prison visiting support.

Project FIBI (Greater Toronto Area) offers programs and services to children with a parent in the criminal justice system including mentoring, providing backpacks for school, and other family supports.

The Forgiveness Project (International, based in UK) works to help build a future free of conflict and violence, and empowers people to explore the nature of forgiveness and alternatives to revenge. 

Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) is an award winning, not-for-profit youth organization that promotes social change through the arts in Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, New York City and Tel Aviv.

Church Council on Justice and Corrections offers multi-faith and non-religious education, advocacy and community development initiatives. They foster crime prevention and social responsibility, incorporating restorative justice, circles of support and accountability for sexual offenders.

Community Justice Initiatives is a non-profit organization that started the first Restorative Justice program. CJI provides services in conflict resolution, group support for persons impacted by sexual trauma, and reintegration support for people returning to the community from prison.

Canadian Families and Corrections Network (CFCN) provides services to families (including children) facing the federal incarceration of a loved one.

The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (Canada) ensures the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime. Victims can contact the FOVC offices to learn more about their rights under federal law, the services available to them, or to make a complaint about any federal agency or federal legislation dealing with victims of crime

The Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada investigates and offers resolution to individual offender complaints. 

The Office for Victims of Crime (Ontario) is a permanent advisory body that provides advice to the Attorney General on victims’ issues, including research and education on the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system and related legislation and policy.

Correctional Services of Canada Restorative Opportunities Program prepares and facilitates dialogue between victims and federally-sentenced offenders (recognizes families of offenders as victims)

Peacebuilders International (Canada) facilitates restorative justice and leadership opportunities for children and youth in Toronto, supports schools in their efforts to build respectful school communities and provides training and consulting locally and internationally.

Prison Fellowship International (Centre for Justice and Reconciliation) provides information, statistics and resources on world prison populations, children living in prisons or with parents in prison, victim needs and restorative justice.

Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies works with and for women and girls in the justice system.

John Howard Society of Canada represents a network of 60 organizations across Canada committed to finding just, humane, and effective responses to crime. It provides rehabilitative and reintegrative services to released male prisoners. For visitors, it also offers some bus service to jails and prisons.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime assists victims and survivors of crime in obtaining services and resources. It links victims with post-trial agencies such as Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board, and offers information about compensation programs as well as long-term emotional support.

Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto provides information on Gladue (Aborignial Persons') Court and support services for Aboriginal people in the Toronto area. 

Mennonite Central Committee Canada works with victims and offenders for restorative justice through programs like Victims' Voice and CoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability).

Aboriginal Justice Strategy (Government of Canada) supports Aboriginal community-based justice programs that offer alternatives to mainstream justice processes in appropriate circumstances.

Community Justice Initiatives British Columbia (Fraser Region) fosters peacemaking and the resolution of conflict in the community through the development and application of Restorative Justice values, principles and processes. Training and referrals available.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH provides high quality, client-centred care to meet the diverse needs of people facing addiction and mental health challenges at different stages of their lives and illnesses-- from children to adults to seniors. Clinical services include assessment, brief interventions, inpatient/ residential programs, day hospital services, continuing care, outpatient/ambulatory services, and family support.

Addiction Resource (USA) AddictionResource.com is a volunteer-run organization that focuses on providing accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information regarding substance addiction.

Together Overcoming Darkness and Despair (T.O.D.D.) (Canada - Edmonton area) Mission is to reduce the shame and stigma that accompanies having a loved one in prison. This is accomplished through acknowledging the fact that a prisoners friend and family are deeply affected by their loved ones incarceration and are in need of understanding.Offers information, referrals, advocacy, a weekly support group and confidential support for those with a loved one in prison.

Mothers Offering Mutual Support (M.O.M.S.) (Canada - Ottawa area) Offers weekly meetings of peer support for women with a loved one on trial or incarcerated.


Dead Man Walking, 1995. Directed by Tim Robbins and starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. A nun, while comforting a convicted killer on death row, empathizes with both the killer and his victim's families.

Rabbit Hole, 2010. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Nicole Kidman. Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies is struck by a car driven by a teenage neighbour.

Frozen River, 2008. Directed by Courtney Hunt and starring Melissa Leo. Two women - one white, one Mohawk, both single mothers faced with desperate circumstances - are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River.

Meeting with a Killer, 2001. Directed by Lisa F. Jackson for Court TV, this is a documentary of victim- offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence that details the journey of family members as they prepare to meet the man who murdered their daughter. View online

Flowers of Rwanda, 2008. Documentary exploring reconciliation between victims and offenders in post-genocide Rwanda. Directed by David Muñoz, Hibrida Productions, Spain. Available in French, English and Spanish at www.floresderuanda.com

Heartspeak Productions’ short films: “In Search of Healing Justice,” “The Reena Virk Story,” “Talking Justice,” “Awkward Conversations,” “Restorative Practice in the Classroom,” and others available at www.heartspeakproductions.ca

Education, Training and Conferences: 

International Institute for Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices International

European Forum for Restorative Justice

The Correctional Service of Canada Restorative Justice Division

Centre for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA. 

The Centre for Restorative Justice at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

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