Lorenn’s Articles on Restorative Justice

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Walker & Goldstein, (2022), Creating Peace by Restoring Relationships for Hawai‘i’s Imprisoned Women with Cooperative Learning & Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice: Promoting Peace and Wellbeing, Velez, G. and Gavrielides, T., New York: Springer.

Richardson & Walker, (2022), The Cost of Recidivism: A Dynamic Systems Model to Evaluate the Benefits of a Restorative Reentry Program, Justice EvaluationJournal, DOI: 10.1080/24751979.2022.2123746

Walker, Kobayashi & Lum, (2021) Kapilipono: A U.S. District of Hawai’i Specialty Court Pilot Project, 57 Idaho L. Rev. 827. 

Kaulukukui & Walker, (2021). Comparison of Native Hawaiian Traditional Ho‘oponopono and Modern Restorative Justice Practices, Comparative Restorative Justice. Ed. T. Gavrielides: New  York: Springer, 305-323.

Walker & De Reu, (2021), How Reentry Planning Circles Help Loves Ones Heal and Beneficial Incarcerated People, In Auer Verlag, C., (Ed.) The “The Power of We” Community-based Interventions in Counseling and Therapy, Heidelberg, Germany.

Walker, L. & Kobayashi, L., 2020. Hawai’i Federal Court Restorative Reentry Circle Pilot Project. Federal Probation.

Walker, L. & Blimes Goldstein, L., 2019. Hawai‘i’s Multicultural Contexts and Victim Participants’ Information Shuttled for Restorative Reentry Planning Circles, Social Science Research Network (SSRN). (PDF)

Lorenn Walker, Keyria Rogers, Mark Umbreit. May 1, 2018. What Is Restorative About Teen Court?, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice.

Walker, L. & Davidson, J., 2018. Restorative justice reentry planning for the imprisoned: An evidence-based approach to recidivism reduction, In Gavrielides, T., (Ed.) The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice (2018). The Routledge International: London https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3291843

Walker, L., Tarutani, C. & Furman, B. (2017). The Power of Restorative Apologies (Real and Imagined) for Victims & Offenders, Temida. http://www.doiserbia.nb.rs/Article.aspx?ID=1450-66371703435W

Walker, 2017. Restorative Reentry Planning Circles for Imprisoned People. European Conference on Restorative and Therapeutic Justice, San Sebastian, Spain. (PDF)

Walker, (2017) Restorative Justice & Race Inequality, Hawai‘i, USA. In T. Gavrielides, 25 Restorative Justice case studies, RJ4ALL Publications: London. (PDF)

Walker & Tarutani, 2017. Restorative justice and violence against women: an effort to decrease the victim-offender overlap and increase healing. In D. Halder  & K. Jaishankar  (Eds.) Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Overcoming Violence against Women. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (PDF draft)

Walker, 2016, Brazil’s APAC Prisons: Applying a Restorative Justice, Solution-Focused, and Public Health Approach. In Wright (Ed.) Lawyers as Changemakers: The Global Integrative Law Movement, Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.

Walker, 2016, Restorative Practices in Hawai’i’s for Juveniles. In K. Jaishankar, (Ed.) Interpersonal Criminology, New York, NY: CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. (PDF draft)

Walker, (2015) Reentry circles for the innocent: the psychological benefits of restorative justice and taking responsibility in response to injustice, In Ed. Gavrielides, The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within, Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.

Walker, Tarutani & McKibben, 2015, Benefits of Restorative Reentry Circles for Children of Incarcerated Parents in Hawai’i, in Promoting the Participation of Children across the Globe: From Social Exclusion To Child-Inclusive Policies, Eds. Gal & Faedi Duramy, London: Oxford University Press.

Walker & Kobayashi, 2015, Restorative & Therapeutic Reentry Rituals. In Offender release and supervision: The role of Courts and the use of discretion, Ed. Evans, Netherlands: Wolf Legal Publishing.

Walker, 2015, Applied positive criminology: Reentry and transition planning circles for incarcerated people and their loved ones, In Positive Criminology: The Good Can Overcome the Bad, Eds. Ronel & Segev, London: Routledge Books.

Walker, 2013, Restorative Justice: Definition & Purpose, In van Wormer & Walker, 2013, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications, Los Angles, CA: Sage.

Walker, 2013, Remembering Bob Shapel: A Prison Dialogue at Walla Walla , In van Wormer & Walker, 2013, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications, Los Angles, CA: Sage.

2013, 3 articles in English and French about a restorative dialogue for the murder & loss of Bob Shapel held at Washington State Penitentiary July, 2011 — 2 participants (victim & offender) and the facilitator wrote short essays: Walker, Witnessing and Being Present With Suffering: A Power of Restorative Dialogue; Hansen, Picking Up the Pieces: Confronting a Killer; Schorr, Restorative Dialogue: If You Have the Opportunity, It’s Worth It, Inspiring Innovation, Restorative Justice Week 2013, Correctional Service Canada.

Walker, Johnson & van Wormer, 2013, Brazil’s Restorative Prisons, In van Wormer & Walker, 2013, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications, Los Angles, CA: Sage.

Walker, 2013, Restorative Celebrations for Parolee and Probationer Completion: The Importance of Ritual for Reentry, In van Wormer & Walker, 2013, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications, Los Angles, CA:Sage.

Walker, 2012, Solution-Focused Reentry and Transition Planning for Imprisoned People. In De Jong & Berg’s Interviewing for Solutions. New York: Norton.

Facilitator Development and Training for Reentry Planning Circles , Walker, Offender Programs Report: Social and Behavioral Rehabilitation in Prisons, Jails and the Community, 16:1, 1, 11-16, May/June, 2012.

Huikahi Restorative Circles: Group Process for Self-Directed Reentry Planning and Family Healing, European Journal of Probation, Walker, October 2010, 2:2, p. 76-95 link to article.

Huikahi Restorative Circles: A Public Health Approach for Reentry Planning, Walker & Greening, Federal Probation Journal, June 2010, Vol. 74:1. link to article.

You’re Gonna Make It: Reentry Planning at a Hawai’i Women’s Prison, Walker, in Van Wormer’s Working with Female Offenders: A Gender-Sensitive Approach, Wiley: New Jersey, 2010, p. 178 – 182.

Modified Restorative Circles: A Reintegration Group Planning Process That Promotes Desistance, Walker, Contemporary Justice Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, December 2009, 419-431.

Restorative Circles: Helping Imprisoned People & Loved Ones Meet Their Needs, October 2009, Correctional Service of Canada Restorative Justice Week Kit.

Pono Kaulike: Reducing Violence with Restorative Justice and Solution-Focused Approaches, Walker & Hayashi, Federal Probation Journal, June 2009 Vol 73, No. 1, 23-27.

Restorative Justice is a Mandated Component of Hawai’is Reentry System, Brady and Walker, Justice Connections, Issue 6, Summer 2008.

Waikiki Youth Circles: Homeless Youth Learn Goal Setting Skills, Walker, Journal of Family Psychotherapy, Vol. 19(1) 2008.

Implementation of Solution-Focused Skills in a Hawaii Prison, Walker, In Interviewing for Solutions, Berg and DeJong, 2008.

Pono Kaulike: A Hawaii Court Provides Restorative Justice Practices for Healing Relationships, Walker & Hayashi, Federal Probation Journal, Vol. 71, No. 3, 18-24, 2007. additional link.

A Gift of Listening for Hawaii’s Inmates, Walker & Sakai, Corrections Today, December 2006.

Restorative Circles: A Reentry Planning Process for Inmates, Walker, Sakai & Brady, Federal Probation Journal, June 2006, Vol. 70, No. 1. additional link.

E Makua Ana Youth Circles: A Transition Planning Process for Youth Exiting Foster Care, Walker, Connections, No. 21, Fall 2005, a publication of the International Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA).

A Cohort Study of ‘Ohana Conferencing in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases, Walker, American Humane Society, Protecting Children, Vol. 19(4), pp. 36 – 46, April 2005.

Pono Kaulike a Pilot Restorative Justice Program, Walker & Hayaashi, Hawaii Bar Journal, May 2004.

Restorative Justice Without Offender Participation: A Pilot Program for Victims, Walker, International Institute for Restorative Practices, February 2004. PDF version.

Conferencing: A New Approach for Juvenile Justice in Honolulu., Walker, Federal Probation Journal, Vol. 66 (1) June 2002.

Conferencing: Western Application of Indigenous Peoples’ Conflict Resolution Practices, Presented at Fifth National Conference on Family and Community Violence Prevention, April 9, 2001, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Beyond Policy: Conferencing on Student Behavior Walker, Principal Leadership, Vol. 1 (7) March 2001.

Hawaii Public Housing Implements Conferencing: A Restorative Approach to Conflict Resolution, Walker, Journal of Housing & Community Development, Nov/Dec. 2000.

Conferencing: A Group Process That Promotes Resiliency Publication, Walker, Second International Conference on Conferencing and Circles: Restorative Practice in Action. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 10-12. August 2000.

Other articles by Lorenn

Walker, L. (2023). The ACE Controversy (Draft), In Trauma Informed Law: A Primer for Practicing Lawyers, H. Maki, J.K. Wright, et al, Eds., American Bar Association. (PDF)

Walker (2022). An Innovative Education Program At Women’s Community Correctional Center: Cooperative learning strategies and incentives help imprisoned inmates undertake academic studies to get their GED, Honolulu Civil Beat.

Walker, (2022). Childhood Adversities Don’t Have to be Damaging, In Women and the Criminal Justice System: Gender, Race, and Class, Eds. K. van Wormer & C. Bartollas. Taylor & Francis.

Walker (2021). An Exercise for Learning & Practicing Mindful Listening, Mindful Hawai‘i, 2:4.

A memorial I wrote that was read at the celebration of life of my good friend Diane Stowell.

Walker, L., 2019. Twenty Tips Learned from Doing 19 XTERRA Worlds 1999-2019.

Book Review for International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology June, 2018: Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies, by Irwin  & Umemoto

A short article I was asked to write about the first ever Belgian Xterra Triathlon My 2016 Belgium Xterra Triathlon. Also online at Xterraplanet.com.

Book Review by Lorenn July 2016: The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age / Dancing with the energy of conflict and trauma: letting go, finding peace in families, communities and nations, Restorative Justice An International Journal, 4:2, 284-287.

Book Review by Lorenn Walker July 2014: “Not guilty: Are the acquitted innocent?” by Givelber & Farrell, 2012, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 2014 58: 993.

Healing Through Justice, Northeastern University Law School Magazine, Winter, 2012, London, England 2011.

Self-Forgiveness, The Forgiveness Project, London, England, 2011.

Strength Identification, Walker, In Doing Something Different: Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Practices, Nelson, Editor, 2010, Routledge: New York.

Passing on the Legacy of Insoo Kim Berg, Walker, November, 2008.

Montessori Leadership Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Learning, May 2008.

Italy’s Inspiring Growth Mindset: How the Juvenile Detention Centre “Ferranti Aporti” Teaches Compassion and Kindness., Italian Juvenile Justice Department, Study Research and International Activities, 03-2008.

Juvenile Violence, 1861 – 1865 (Civil War Era), Walker, In Encyclopedia of Juvenile Violence, edited by Laura Finley, Ph.D., Greenwood Press: Westport, Conn., 2007.

Young and Homeless in Waikiki: What do they need?, Walker, here! urbanism, design and planning, Issue 1, Spring 2006.

Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Education, Reclaiming Children and Youth, 15:1, Spring 2006, pp. 32-36.

Reading Stories to Change the World, Walker, Principal Leadership, October 2005 pp. 42- 47.

Finding Strength From My Fall, Walker, Oxygen Magazine, May/June, 2001, pp. 122-125.

Drug Baby Myth and Its Consequences on Children, Walker, Journal of Child and Youth Care, Vol. 13 (4), 1999, pp. 77-82.

Lorenn’s Op-eds and Other Essays

Blimes Goldstein & Walker, (Feb. 28, 2023) Communities better at restorative justice than governments, Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii. (PDF version)

Walker, (May 18, 2020) Education Can Keep Keiki from Growing Into Criminals. Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii. (PDF version)

Walker, (Dec. 11, 2019) Fight Crime with Education, not Prison. Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii. (PDF version)

Walker, (April 28, 2019) Restorative Justice Offers Healing for All. Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii. (PDF version)

Walker, (Sept. 12, 2017) At-Risk Youth Need Support, Not Segregation. Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii. (http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/12/editorial/island-voices/at-risk-youth-need-support-not-segregation/)

Money politics delaying needed prison reform. Ganaden & Walker, Honolulu Star Advertiser, October 14, 2015.

Invest in ways to keep people out of prison. Honolulu Star Advertiser, December 8, 2016. Walker, Honolulu Star Advertiser, October 14, 2015.

Hawai’i needs fewer prisoners, not more prisons. Walker & Merce, Honolulu Star Advertiser, January 7, 2015.

Let’s Focus More On Restorative Justice, Not Just Punishment. Star Advertiser July 3, 2014.

Improving School Disciplinary Policies Would Improve Juvenile Justice System.  Star Advertiser December 30, 2013. See the online version here.

Buddha Would Probably Like Restorative Justice Shambala SunSpace March 21, 2013.

Implementing Restorative Justice in Schools. Star Advertiser February 3, 2013. See the online version here.

Incarceration System Needs Overhaul, Star Advertiser November 13, 2011.

Reentry Planning Focusing on Repairing Family Relationships To Increase Criminal Desistance, Vera Institute of Justice December 22, 2010.

Rehabilitation Saves Lives, Money, Honolulu Advertiser, December 21, 2009.

State Must Support Programs to Cut Recidivism
, Honolulu Advertiser, March 17, 2008.

Prison for Graffiti Will Make Matters Worse

Honolulu Advertiser August 23, 2005.

Mahalo Mr. Burnett!
printed in part in the Honolulu Advertiser, September 29, 2001.

Apology is Justice for Many Honolulu Advertiser, May 18, 2001.

Publications About Lorenn & Her Work

Ultra Runners Embrace McCall Challenge, Fletcher, McCall Star News, July 20, 2023.

Stephanie Francis Ward, ABA Journal October 31, 2018. Can restorative justice bring healing in sexual misconduct cases? Walker, Rodgers & Umbreit, 2018. What’s Restorative About Teen Court? 

How to Be a Success at Everything: 6 Habits of Resilient People, by Gwen Moran, Fast Company 2014.

Restorative justice helps integrate ex-offenders, by Julia Reynolds, Monterrey Herald.

Freedom of Mind: For the hypnotherapist Stann Reiziss, limitation is merely a matter of perception. By John Wythe White, Hana Hou! February/March 2012 Volume 18 No. 1.

Restorative Programs Help Hawaii Inmates Reconnect with Community, Abbey J. Porter, September 2007.

Restorative Circles: The Gift of Listening in Waiawa Corrections Facility, The Compassionate Listening Project, 2007.

Let the Healing Begin, Tomonari, Honolulu Magazine, November, 2006.

Age is Only a Number to The Women Athletes, Morinaga, January 28, 2003.

Miscellaneous Papers

The Biography of a Nebraska Pioneer, Clarissa Palmer Griswold
(Lorenn’s great grandmother), written between 1929 – 1933.