Useful Materials

David T. Deal, “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” latest version appears in Kentucky Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution and Criminal Law Sections September 17, 2020, Zoom webinar (materials used available on request).

David T. Deal, “Primer on Restorative Justice,” most recent version revised August 2020; available on request and includes: e.g., a brief history of restorative justice; a comparison of three dispute resolution processes (i.e.,traditional criminal law, restorative justice, and mediation) in the United States; Best Practices; handling forgiveness issues; collected restorative justice resources; and an annotated selective bibliography.  (available on request).

Selected Bibliography (See Bibliography under About Me section below)

Key Organization Links

Restorative Justice Online,; offers a world view of restorative justice news, including a searchable Online RJ Library of over 9,000 items, including many school-related materials.

International Institute for Restorative Practices,; includes a searchable online IIRP Collection containing many school-related items; see also

National Association for Community and Restorative Justice,; holds 3-day national conference every 2 years; its eclectic program includes government programs, faith-based programs, indigenous practices, and current research.

Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia,

REPLACE Zehr with more general EMU cite


    Spring 2017

    Participate in training for Fairfax County Police Department patrol officers for rollout of county-wide Alternative Accountability Program.
    May 2017

    “Working Together for Youth: Multi-Agency Integration of Restorative Justice Programming” article published “ACResolution”, Winter 2017 Restorative Justice issue.
    April 2017

    Completed series of three papers on interpersonal forgiveness for classwork at Virginia Theological Seminary.
    April 26, 2017

    “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” first guest lecture for George Mason University Law School ADR class.
    April 18, 2017

    “Introduction to Restorative Justice,” fifth annual guest lecture for George Washington University Law Center ADR class.
    April 4, 2017

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