An “anarchist” genius to restorative justice?

July 15th, 2013 – by Brian R. Gumm (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Guest blog post by Brian Gumm.   One of my abiding interests during and after my time studying restorative justice at CJP with Howard Zehr was the influence of Anabaptist-Mennonite thought and practice in the formation of the modern restorative justice movement. Howard has gone on record as saying his intellectual formation was influenced in… Read more »

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Restorative justice and system change, part II

July 8th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

In the previous blog entry, Carl started his discussion of restorative justice and system change by challenging part of Ross London’s argument in Ross’s recent book, Crime, Punishment and Criminal Justice – From Margins to Mainstream.  This entry led to an important discussion.  In order to continue this dialogue, we are publishing Ross’ response, with minor… Read more »

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Restorative justice and system change

May 2nd, 2013 – by Carl Stauffer (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Ross London, in his recent book, Crime, Punishment and Criminal Justice – From Margins to Mainstream, argues that much of the identity crisis of the RJ field has been caused by the misguided notion of a “paradigm shift” popularized by my colleague Howard Zehr, one of the founding voices in the RJ movement, in his… Read more »

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Imprints of justice – introducing Carl Stauffer

April 9th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

  I am pleased that my friend and colleague Carl Stauffer has agreed to co-author this blog with me.  Carl has brought new wisdom, insights and energy to our program and will be providing academic leadership in restorative justice now that I’m semi-retired.  I have invited Carl to introduce himself below. – Howard   I… Read more »

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Upcoming webinars on schools and prison

February 20th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

Two new webinars are coming up. The Promise and Challenge of Restorative Justice Practices in Schools School applications are probably the fastest growing area of restorative justice. What are the potential benefits? What are the barriers and challenges to implanting restorative justice practices? What works and what does not? In this webinar, Nancy Riestenberg and… Read more »

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Restoration is a metaphor

January 31st, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

In an earlier blog entry I discussed the importance of metaphor and promised to say more about how this applies to justice. Here, finally, are more thoughts on metaphors and justice. The following points are inspired by James Geary’s book, I Is An Other:  The Secret Life or Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way… Read more »

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Does restorative justice need forgiveness?

January 22nd, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Webinar: Does Restorative Justice Need Forgiveness?: A dialogue with Sujatha Baliga On January 5, The New York Times Magazine carried a story about the use of a restorative conference in a murder case in the early stages of the legal process, prior to a plea. The case was also highlighted on theToday Show a few days later. The story was… Read more »

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Real world restorative justice webinar series and more

September 11th, 2012 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

I realize that a new blog entry is overdue, and that the following does not get me off the hook, but here is an announcement. Our program is launching a new series of restorative justice webinars entitled Real World Restorative Justice. The first four will be free and I will be hosting most of them…. Read more »

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Metaphors matter – in photography and in justice

July 7th, 2012 – by Howard Zehr (category: Photography, Restorative Justice)

Our metaphors matter – in photography and in justice As a photographer, I’ve often reflected on how frequently photographs serve to divide rather than create connections between people.  It is so tempting to emphasize the “otherness” of subjects rather than what we have in common.  As a result, photographs often leave subjects feeling degraded and… Read more »

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Where will we find justice for Trayvon Martin?

April 4th, 2012 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

The following is an invited guest post by my friend, colleague and fellow Morehouse College grad, David Anderson Hooker. Update July 18, 2013:  An interview with David following the Zimmerman trial can be heard here: I have good news and bad news for the family and supporters of Trayvon Martin: The ‘justice’ you seek is… Read more »

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