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Welcome to the Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking


An International Resource Center in Support of Restorative Justice Dialogue, Research and Training


Mark Umbreit, Founding Director

Emily Gaarder, Director

Ted Lewis, Senior Associate/Trainer





Established in 1994, our center is the first academic-based site on restorative justice, founded by practitioner, trainer and researcher, Dr. Mark Umbreit. 

We recognize that restorative justice has broadened out into many realms of application beyond criminal justice, and has also broadened out into various models to address harms and conflicts. At the same time, we consider dialogue to be a centerpiece in any process that aims to be fully restorative for people who are involved in the resolution of crimes, conflicts, or traumatic incidents.

Our mission is to provide support and resources to many different stakeholders within in the fast-growing movement of restorative justice: international peacemakers, program managers, facilitators of restorative dialogue, trainers, and researchers, so they can maintain and strengthen restorative dialogue on all levels. 

We specialize in:

Victim offender dialogue, conferencing, and circles
Trauma informed practices for severe and violent crimes
Domestic violence and appropriate restorative practices
Deep listening practices for facilitators 
International collaborations