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Artist-activist connects communities in and out of prison with bold public art projects

As an undergraduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, Mark Strandquist began the “Windows from Prison” project that continues today. He asks incarcerated men, women, and teens to respond to the following question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” ...More

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Defense-victim outreach pioneer Tammy Krause earns CJP Alumni Award for Outstanding Service

Tammy Krause, a 1999 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), has been selected for the center’s Alumni Award for Outstanding Service. Krause, a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has worked on federal capital cases throughout the United States for the past 19 years. Her involvement in the legal prof ...More

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In Slate series on victim’s rights, Howard Zehr identifies ‘entrenched’ challenges to systematic change through restorative justice

When freelance legal affairs journalist Mark Obbie wrote a six-part series on crime victims for Slate in 2015, he made sure to include Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding and co-director o ...More

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‘No better place’: Nepali judges explore restorative justice with EMU experts and Harrisonburg community practitioners

Six experts who are developing curriculum to train Nepali judges and law enforcement officials in restorative justice practices came to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on a week-long trip to the United States. During a three-day visit to Harrisonburg, the judges and officials of Nepal’s National Judicial Academy (NJA) in Kathmandu engaged with communit ...More

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Howard Zehr awarded Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking leadership in the restorative justice field

Howard Zehr, professor of restorative justice with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, has been awarded the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award in Peace and Justice Studies by the Peace and Justice Studies Ass ...More

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CJP graduate authors United States Institute of Peace special report promoting restorative justice in her native Libya

Can restorative justice work in countries where justice is elusive and rule of law suspect? Najla Mangoush argues it can in a June 2015 special report titled “Customary Practice and Restorative Justice in Libya: A Hybrid Approach”  published by the ...More

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After the tragic loss of her grandson, long-time victim advocate reflects on changing roles and restorative justice

When her 20-year-old grandson was murdered, long-time victim advocate Pamela Leonard, MA ’06 (conflict transformation), found herself suddenly in a new role. What she learned has strengthened her zeal for criminal justice reform. To read more about Eastern Mennonite University alumni involved in law, check out the summer issue of ...More

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Zehr Institute restorative justice experts tapped by media in the aftermath of Charleston church shooting

With the complex concepts of forgiveness and healing at the forefront in recent media coverage of the Charleston church shooting, Eastern Mennonite University professors Howard Zehr, PhD, and Carl S. Stauffer, PhD, co-directors of the Z ...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

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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