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Restorative justice experts join in Zehr Institute’s 3-year project to map the future of the field

A three-year project to envision and map a positive future for restorative justice began in mid-2015 with a five-day meeting of 36 people drawn from a wide range of backgrounds by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). “We sought to bring together a cross-section of restorative ...More

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In Lancaster, ‘Concrete Steel & Paint’ film showing and panel to prompt discussion of restorative justice practices

The 2009 documentary “Concrete Steel & Paint,” a film produced and directed by Cindy Burstein and Tony Heriza, chronicles the discussions, dialogue, conflict and art of men and women – victims and offenders alike – involved in the Mural Arts Restorative Justice Program at ...More


Restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr ‘roasted’ during the celebration of anniversary edition of ‘Changing Lenses’

The Renaissance Mennonite. A friendly service dog. A teddy bear. A creative prankster. Hot Rod Howie. Many names were tossed at Howard Zehr the night of May 23, as his writing career and restorative justice work were humorously honored with a “roast” at Eastern Mennonite University. While most retiring professors of Zehr’s ...More


Student wins award for speech that questions sponsor’s policy

In a 2014 bi-national peace oratorical contest, Eastern Mennonite University student Seth Stauffer won second place in a speech that questioned one of the policies of the contest’s sponsor, Mennonite Central Committee. The policy has to do with how people working with MCC talk about t ...More


UN Exhibits Zehr’s Photos on Children of Prisoners

A branch of the United Nations (UN) is featuring Howard Zehr’s photo-portraits of the children of U.S. prisoners in an conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 30, 2011. The exhibit complements a major meeting of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Sept. 20, where UN officials will focus on rights and needs of children of incarcerated parents for the first time in hist ...More

Memphis group explores restorative justice at SPI

Last November in Memphis, a nine-year-old member of Brenda Alexander’s family was shot in street-fight crossfire. Following a painful struggle with the child’s abdominal injuries, Alexander says, “Praise the Lord, he’s doing very well” – though he and his sister remain afraid to walk home. Alexander hopes restorative justice can help that boy, his fa ...More

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

Restorative Justice Workshop Looks at Faces in Prison

Allyson Holtz and Howard Zehr discuss one of Holtz’s mixed media portraits of inmates on exhibit during the Summer Peace ...More