Source: (2005) Boston: The Center for Restorative Justice, Suffolk University. Downloaded 14 November 2005.

The purpose of this resource guide is to assist you in choosing restorative justice for yourself and your community. In these pages you will find a directory of established restorative justice programs in New England, along with contact information for the volunteers and practitioners who staff these programs. We describe how these programs work, who the staff is, how they are funded, and whom they serve. We hope this information will broaden your understanding of the practical applications of restorative justice and the myriad ways restorative principles can be implemented within the justice system, social services, schools, churches, and communities. More than a directory, this resource guide is designed to serve as a manual for getting started in restorative justice. In our experience, successful programs in restorative justice are the work of ordinary citizens who desire a different way of doing justice in their community. We share the unique history of exemplary programs—how they were conceived and how they were nurtured—to inspire and instruct others who are seeking their own way toward restorative justice. This background story, often overlooked, is enormously helpful for those who wish to get started in restorative justice. These pages tell more than just what programs do now: we tell who started them and why, what help they received along the way, the obstacles they faced, and the strategies they used to overcome them. Our hope is that these stories will help light your path as you begin your own journey to realize a restorative vision for yourself and your community. (excerpt)