Justice for All: An Indigenous Community-Based Approach to Restorative Justice in Alaska


  • Brian Jarrett University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Polly Hyslop University of Alaska Fairbanks


The current study reviews the comparative successes of two restorative justice programs in Alaska, namely, the Upper Tanana Wellness Program and the Circle Peacemaking Program in Kake, Alaska. In an analysis of the two case studies, the authors develop nine principles useful to those interested in developing restorative-justice programs. The authors recommend an Indigenous community-based approach consistent with practice in the field of Dispute Systems Design.

Author Biographies

Brian Jarrett, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brian Jarrett is a lawyer and sociologist, and director of the Program on Dispute Resolution, Peace-Building & Restorative Practices at the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polly Hyslop, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Polly Hyslop is Dineh (Athabascan) from the Village of Northway, Alaska and a PhD candidate in the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she also teaches and researches Indigenous Dispute Resolution.






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