Justice Conversation Booklist for Adults

Please help us grow this list! Send us your recommendations, and tell us why you suggest them. See bottom of the page for information and contact form. 




Are Prisons Obsolete? – by Angela Davis

Between the World and Me – by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do – by Jennifer Eberhardt

Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences – by Howard Zehr

How to be Antiracist – by Ibram X. Kendi

Incarceration Nations: A Journey to Justice in Prisons Around the World – by Baz Dreisinger

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – by Bryan Stevenson

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor – by Layla F. Saad

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – by Michelle Alexander

Racism Without Racists – by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Rethinking Incarceration – by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color – edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa

Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims – by Howard Zehr

Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights
Struggle of our time
– by James Kilgore

What Will Happen to Me? – by Howard Zehr

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – by Robin DiAngelo



The Dandelion Insurrection – by Rivera Sun

The Desire for Mutual Recognition – by Peter Gabel (see review)

Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace – by Kate Grosmaire & Nancy French

No Future Without Forgiveness – by Desmond Tutu

Overcoming Bias – by Tiffany Jana & Matthew Freeman

The Sunflower – On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness



Another Way of Seeing – by Peter Gabel

Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law – by Marjorie A. Silver (see review)



Little Book of Restorative Justice – by Howard Zehr

Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing – by Lorraine S. Amstutz

Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice – by Fania Davis

Mending the Divides: Creating Love in a Conflicted World – by Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart

Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction – by Lara Bazelon



The Places that Scare You – by Pema Chodron



The Mars Room – Rachel Kushner (see review)


Please help us grow this list! Send us your recommendations, and tell us why you suggest them. We’re looking for books that help with one or more of the five objectives below:

  • To explore the connection between justice and love, relationship, and restoration.
  • Looking at the effects of the belief that justice means punishment.
  • To nurture empathy, respect, and love for people experiencing societal injustice. To not see a category or an issue but to see people. To recognize each other not as a threat but as a resource and a priceless gift.
  • To nurture empathy, forgiveness, and love for people who are causing societal injustice, and to accept personal responsibility for the perpetuation of the problem, to not scapegoat and push the problem elsewhere, but take responsibility for helping to remedy the situation.
  • To share with each other and think about what justice looks like, feels like, acts like, including in difficult situations.

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