At this moment in history, it is an exciting and ambitious time to be a restorative justice practitioner. The science of restorative practices has progressed and advanced in a myriad of significant ways since its formal conception in the early 1990’s by Howard Zehr (2015). Since that time, the science of restorative justice has spread all over the globe, and is now practiced, in some capacity, in more than forty countries (Van Ness, 2005). Although, it is a well-known fact that some of these countries are more advanced in their applications of restorative practices, it continues to spread around the world (Braithwaite, 2019). More and more people are asking practitioners to provide proof that this radical new way of doing things actually works. In many places throughout the world, restorative practices are a dramatic change that takes them on an uncomfortable and unforgettable journey that they did not expect. As peoples’ comfort zones are tested, they become uneasy, and at time demand evidence that our restorative justice interventions are in fact, effective. Now, more than ever, the need for empirical evidence to increase the credibility of our science is a must, but participation is also important for people to see and experience the power of restorative justice in action (Maloney, 2002). It was under this premise that I found the book entitled 25 Restorative Justice Case Studies, edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.
Book Review of '25 restorative Justice Case Studies'
To cite this book review: Aitchison, D. (2019) Review of ‘Gavrielides, T. (2017). 25 Restorative Justice Case Studies, London, UK: RJ4All Publications. ISBN 978-1-911634-01-0’, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN: 2056 - 2985
Darren Aitchison M.Ed, BCBA, Doctoral Student, National Louis University, Chicago, IL USA firstname.lastname@example.org