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Use of Restorative Justice Improves Campus Behavior

After more than a decade of ushering misbehaving students at James Madison University (JMU) through hearings on their conduct, sanctions, and other legalistic steps, Josh Bacon was ready for a change. “I went into educational leadership and student affairs because I cared about young adults and their futures,” he says. “But that’s not how they perceived me – ...More

U.S. Names Zehr to High-Level Advisory Group

Restorative justice expert and CJP professor Howard Zehr The United States government has named restorative justice expert Howard Zehr to be one of six members of a new Victims Advisory Group, a move tha ...More

Learning a Lesson from Moses

This article was originally published in the Church Times. Dr. Howard Zehr “I HAVE A DREAM,” intones the gentle, bespectacled man at the podium. “Dr Martin Luther King ...More

Peacebuilder Magazine

Read the summer edition of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding’s official magazine. This issue focuses on change and transition. Read more… ...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

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