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“Toolbox for implementing restorative justice and advancing community policing.”

Nicholl, Caroline G
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

This document – styled as a toolbox by the author to emphasize its practical nature – is a guide to police departments interested in starting a restorative justice program. It is not a definitive examination of restorative justice, nor is it a training manual for facilitators of restorative justice processes. Nevertheless, it covers a number of key topics organized into seven parts: (1) values of restorative justice (e.g., repairing harms); (2) addressing victims’ needs (e.g., victim advocates); (3) holding offenders to account (e.g., positive shaming); (4) building community capacity (e.g., restorative community service); (5) developing a program (e.g., resources and funding); (6) benchmarks for evaluation (e.g., testing how restorative a program is); and (7) exploration of unresolved issues (e.g., police role in restorative justice).

Please note that the toolbox is designed as a complement to a companion publication by the same author: Community Policing, Community Justice, and Restorative Justice: Exploring the Links for the Delivery of a Balanced Approach to Public Safety. This companion publication can be found online by going to this address:


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