Resources for Safer Communities

Nonviolence and Restorative Justice

Free booklet: “Ex Gang Members By Choice”

Ex-gang members in prison share their stories and tell how they’ve joined the fight against violence.

Metta Center for Nonviolence

In-depth website with nonviolence FAQs, study guides, course lectures and more to help practitioners use nonviolence more safely and effectively.

Restorative Justice Online

A blog and resource site about restorative justice, which emphasizes repairing the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational.

Restorative Justice Partners

RJP provide restorative justice services for preventing and handling offenses to victims and community in Monterey County, where Johnny Martinez grew up.


Gang and Youth Violence Research Organizations

The National Network for Safe Communities

The National Network for Safe Communities is an alliance of cities dedicated to advancing proven strategies to combat violent crime, reduce incarceration and rebuild relations between law enforcement and distressed communities.

Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute was founded in 1997 to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice—promoting policies, organizational practices, and collaborative efforts that improve health and quality of life.

National Gang Crime Research Center

A nonprofit that carries out research on gangs and gang members,  disseminates publications and reports, and provides training and consulting services.

The Center for Conflict Studies

The center’s vision is to develop societies in which conditions to prevent all forms of violent conflicts are present and where transformed individual, community, and institutional relationships make peace just and sustainable.


Prison-based programs

Alternatives to Violence Project

An association of community and prison based groups offering experiential workshops in personal growth, responses to violence and creative conflict management.


An international nonprofit organization addressing the causes of criminality and restoring the criminal’s self-respect through effective drug detoxification, education and “common sense” programs.

Prison Fellowship International

A faith-based community to pursue justice and healing in response to crime to the end that offenders are transformed, relationships are reconciled, and communities are restored.