Below are a few resources that are essential to understanding and expanding our thinking around transformative justice. If you would like to recommend a resource for this page, please submit your suggestion here.
The Ahimsa Collective: “The Ahimsa Collective works in deep community with all sides of the fence — with people who have committed an act of violence, survivors of violence, families impacted by violent crime, and law enforcement. We use a restorative justice practices and a peacemaking approach. The Ahimsa Collective intersects with various movements: the restorative justice movement, the anti-oppression and racial justice movement, the anti-sexual violence movement and the criminal justice reform movement.”
Alexander, Michelle. (2010). The new Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. New York: New Press
Brown, Adrienne Maree, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds (2017): “Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we want to live. Change is constant. The world is in a continual state of flux. It is a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, this book invites us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. This is a resolutely materialist ‘spirituality’ based equally on science and science fiction, a visionary incantation to transform that which ultimately transforms us.”
Center for Transformative Change: “Transformative Change (XC) is the first national center entirely dedicated to bridging the inner and outer lives of social change agents, activists and allies to support a more effective, more sustainable movement of social justice for all. Our mission is to inform, incite and empower a broad-based, presence-centered transformative social change movement.”
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. (October 2015). “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
Coker, Donna, Transformative Justice: Anti-Subordination Processes in Cases of Domestic Violence (2002). in Restorative Justice and Family Violence (Heather Strang and John Braithwaite Eds. 2002) Cambridge University Press: “This chapter furthers the dialogue between restorative justice activists and scholars and feminist anti-domestic violence activists and scholars. My focus is on the struggle against domestic violence in subordinated communities. My aim is to address the need for justice strategies that account for the intersecting oppressive systems that operate in the lives of battering men and battered women who are members of these communities.”
Desmond, Matthew. 2016. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown.
Equal Justice Initiative: “The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
Generation Five, Toward Transformative Justice: A Liberatory Approach to Child Sexual Abuse and other forms of Intimate and Community Violence (June, 2007): “This paper focuses on ways to secure both individual and social justice in cases of child sexual abuse. We assert that Transformative Justice is a way not only to address incidents of abuse but also to prevent further abuse by working on the social conditions that perpetuate and are perpetuated by child sexual abuse.”
Hereth, Jane and Chez Rumpf, Community Accountability for Survivors of Sexual Violence Toolkit April 2014: “We hope this toolkit will be a helpful resource for people to use in their already existing groups, organizations, and communities to start conversations about how to build community accountability strategies to respond to sexual violence”
Hinton, Elizabeth. (2017). From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime.
Imarisha, W., Gumbs, A., Piepzna-Samarasinha, L. L., Brown, A. M., & Mingus, M. (2017, April 20). The Fictions and Futures of Transformative Justice. The New Inquiry. “This roundtable brings the two co-editors and three of the Octavia’s Brood writers together to talk about their experience with prison abolition, science fiction, and transformative justice.”
Joffe-Walt, Chana. “Is This Working?, Act Three: The Walking Cure.” Audio Blog Post. This American Life. Chicago Public Media, 17 Oct. 2014. “Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There’s no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there’s evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids.”
Lee, Carol D. “Re-Thinking Race, Identity, and Opportunity to Learn: Foundation for Transformative Justice.” Toward a Transformative Justice in Teacher Education. Transformative Justice in Education Featured Speaker, Dr. Carol D. Lee, Davis, CA, University of California, Davis.
Transformational Prison Project: “The mission of the Transformational Prison Project (TPP) is to provide spaces where those who have been harmed and those who have done the harming can come together and engage in dialogue, to build understanding and empathy towards those who have been victims of violent crime. TPP is committed to understanding individual harms and the systemic harms that affect communities, more specifically communities of color.”