Restorative Justice Examples, Resources, and Models

Friends and partners

The Final Gift
Therese Bartholomew captures the raw, and emotional journey she encountered when her brother was senselessly killed. "Coffee Shop God" shares her personal struggles and heartache over the loss of her brother, dealing with the trial and coming face to face with the man (and his family) who killed her brother. “The Final Gift”, Therese’s documentary film scheduled to debut in Fall 2009, is the follow up to the book – documenting Therese’s fears, doubts and ultimately, her courage when venturing into the prison to face the man who killed her brother and devastated her family, to finding forgiveness, compassion, and personal peace.

The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham (RCND)
Excellent local group that provides vigils for murder victims, prayer partners for families and friends, and a Reconciliation and Re-entry ministry for prisoners returning to the outside world.

Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP)
Twenty + year-old program that brings victims and offenders together with a trained mediator to seek healing and accountability.
International restorative justice resource site.

The Official Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Website with information regarding South Africa's reconciliatory journey from apartheid to a more just society.

Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Greensboro, NC's process of restorative justice to understand and heal as a community from the events of November 3, 1979.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Comprehensive organization that came out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. Excellent restorative justice model.

The Common Sense Foundation
A Raleigh, NC-based progressive think tank promoting fairness and justice.

Local Churches and Community

Watts Street Baptist Church
A progressive, social justice-oriented church in Durham, NC.

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
An open and affirming church committed to the peace and justice movement.

Project Compassion
A Community-oriented group out of Chapel Hill, NC providing grief support.

News Articles

Crown withdraws charges against Donald Marshall Jr.
02/06/07: CBC News

3 siblings ask Easley for Clemency for McHone
11/02/05: Winston-Salem Journal

Bearing witness to the end
11/13/05: Raleigh News & Observer

Death penalty attorney says she's had enough
11/16/05: Independent Weekly

Death penalty foes bring grieving families together
12/07/03: Durham Herald-Sun

Execution of half brother leads woman into a protest
12/04/05: Winston-Salem Journal

Families of slaying victims discuss fears, hopes at forum
04/27/03: Asheville Citizen-Times

Forgiving a father
01/26/05: Charlotte Observer

Killer spared death penalty on victims' families request
08/14/03: Asheville Citizen-Times

Kinston woman crusades against death penalty
12/07/03: Kinston Free Press

Life or Death pg 2 pg 3 pg 4
An essay by Charisse Coleman