Circles are variously called “peace-making circles,” “restorative justice circles,” “repair of harm circles” and “sentencing circles.” The numbers and types of participants gathered for circles are similar to those gathered for conferences, though sometimes there is even wider community member participation, either as interested persons or as additional circle-keepers or facilitators. The process involves the use of a “talking piece” that is passed around the circle to designate who may speak.

Peace-making Circles