Barb Toews


Barb Toews is a long-time restorative justice practitioner and educator, with a specialization in restorative justice in correctional facilities. Her work has included developing prison-based restorative justice programs, frequently in collaboration with incarcerated individuals, facilitating victim offender dialogue, and teaching restorative justice courses inside prisons/jails with both college students and incarcerated students taking the class together. Toews authored The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison and co-edited, with Howard Zehr, Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. She is currently a PhD candidate at Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and visiting instructor at Haverford College, where her teaching and research focuses on the relationship between restorative justice and environmental design. Both efforts engage incarcerated and non-incarcerated individuals in designing spaces to achieve restorative outcomes. Toews has an MA in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.