About the Author
Terry O'Connell, director of Real Justice Australia, a pioneer of restorative justice, is responsible for the creation of the Real Justice conference script. As a 30-year police veteran, Terry has been instrumental in bringing restorative practices to police agency complaint and discipline systems, in addition to schools, corrections and businesses. His work has been featured in several television documentaries, including the award-winning "Facing the Demons" and in several editions of "Australian Story."
Ben Wachtel, director of communications and technology for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), has co-authored several other restorative practices publications, including "Restorative Policing Experiment: The Bethlehem Pennsylvania Police Family Group Conferencing Project."
Ted Wachtel is the president and founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), a graduate school and training and consulting organization. He and his wife, Susan Wachtel, both former teachers, founded the Community Service Foundation in 1977 to provide specialized educational, counseling and residential services for troubled and delinquent youth. He also co-authored TOUGHLOVE, the bestselling book for parents of troubled adolescents. He has been a guest speaker at conferences on restorative practices around the world. He established the Real Justice program in 1994 to bring restorative justice conferencing to North America.