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Exploring Restorative Justice: Peacebuilders, crime victims and ex-prisoners

Crime victims, offenders and communities share a stake in restorative justice. At the just-completed Summer Peacebuilding Institute at EMU, two courses brought stakeholders face-to-face. A former Virginia prisoner studied with peacebuilders from around the world in a May course, “Restorative Justice: The Promise, the Challenge.” ...More

Roth Appointed to CJP Leadership Role

The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University has named Lynn Roth as its executive director. He will begin the position Aug. 13, 2007. Lynn Roth, executive ...More

Saying ‘I’m Sorry’ is Just the Beginning

The legislature of Virginia is to be applauded for passing a resolution expressing its profound regret for slavery and for the exploitation of native people. As far as I know, my home state is the first state to do this. It is a courageous step: it names the wrongs in some detail, expresses regrets and looks to a better future. But regret is only the beginning. We in Virginia ...More

Christmas Lesson: Death Penalty Fuels Crime

Howard Zehr I am with a group of men in prison. We are in a seminar I have been leading for some weeks. Most are many years into serving life sentences. One young man, however, expects to be released soon. W ...More

Amish Forgiveness Offers Lessons

The subdued reaction of the Amish to the killing of five girls at the one-room school in Bart Township, Pa., reflects their theology, culture and history, says Earl Zimmerman, a religion professor at EMU, who attended grades 1 through 8 in a one-room Amish school about 30 miles north of the site of the killings. ...More

Professor Wins Two Major Peace Awards

Howard Zehr, a professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University, is the 2006 recipient of the annual Community of Christ International Peace Award, one of the world ...More

Zehr Reaches Millions in Japan

While traveling to his next appointment on the Tokyo subway system, Howard Zehr (right) is interviewed by Yasukazu Akada, a reporter for A ...More

Zehr Cited for Restorative Justice Work

Howard Zehr displays the award received from the Restorative Justice Association of Virginia. Photo by Jim Bishop A coalition of organizations working in ...More

Exhibit Explores ‘Trauma’ Theme

It’s an inside look at the effects of traumatic experiences through the eyes of crime victims and life-sentenced prisoners. “A Ladder Without Rungs,” an exhibit ...More

How to make justice work

RESTORATIVE justice entails the need for victims and perpetrators to understand each other in order for them to be accepted in society, an expert says. Professor Howard Zehr said people needed to make the legal system work if they were to live a peaceful life. The co-director of the Conflict Transformation Programm at the Eastern Mennonite University in United States was speakin ...More