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Restorative justice highlighted by Gandhi Center award and state-wide mediation conference

More than 100 members of the Virginia Mediation Network (VMN), the state’s largest professional association for mediators and mediation scholars, gathered on campus for a September 28-29 conference co-hosted by the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University. ...More

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JMU’s Gandhi Center honors Howard Zehr and Vida Huber

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Zehr covered by major media in United Kingdom

The BBC World News Service turned to a world-renowned expert on restorative justice, Dr. Howard Zehr of Eastern Mennonite University, in asking, “How are people able to forgive a crime like the murder of a loved one?” For an article published on Aug. 19, 2013, BBC re ...More

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Webinar on Restorative Justice in High-Profile Murder Case Attracts Worldwide Viewers

Sujatha Baliga, who was featured in the New York Times Magazine (Jan. 4, 2013) for her role as a restorative justice practitioner in a Florida murder case, offered an insider’s candid views on the now-famous case in a ...More

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Coverage in NY Times and NBC Sparks EMU Webinar on Restorative Justice

When the mother of a young man who murdered his girlfriend in Florida contacted restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr for assistance in 2010, Zehr did what he typically does in such cases: he got in touch with someone he has mentored, someone he knew would be qualified to hel ...More

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Howard Zehr Shifts to Leading Role in New Restorative Justice Institute

Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester and begin co-leading the newly established Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. The leaders of EMU’ ...More

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A Justice System at its Best

Courtesy Peacebuilder, Des Moines Register In March of 1994, in my former role as Bureau Chief in the Criminal Bureau of the Polk County (Iowa) attorney’s office, I read a troubling police report.  A few days earlier, members of the Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Des Moines awoke to find neo-Nazi graffiti scrawled on the side of their synagogue. There were no immediate suspects b ...More

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Restorative Justice Forefront of Online Course

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University will offer an online course that will explore the principles, values and challenges of restorative justice. “Restorative justice has come an incredible distance since the 1970s,” said Howard Zehr, co- ...More

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Can Restorative Justice Improve Prison Statistics for African Americans?

Article by Rebecca M. Stone – Women News Network – WNN Opinion CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Darryl is a 12-year-old African American boy whose mother, Ariel, is a single parent. Ariel left high school after becoming pregnant with Darryl and has struggled to find anything but minimum w ...More

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Nobel Prize Winner Connected to Peace-Church Tradition

One of the three women receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, Leymah Gbowee, is closely connected with the “peace-church tradition” of the Mennonites. Gbowee, who shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and ...More