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Restorative Justice Continuum - Howard Zehr Ph.D EMU

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Published on Jul 2, 2007

http://www.heartspeakproductions.ca In this excerpt from Tributary Streams of a Healing River, Howard Zehr talks about the continuum of restorativeness, shame, respect, honor, humiliation, vindication, indigenous and social justice.

Tributary Streams of a Healing River is an in depth study of restorative justice with over 14 hrs of video on 10 DVDs. (available from Heartspeak Productions -- www.heartspeakproductions.ca)

Speakers Bio:

Howard Zehr joined the graduate Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) at Eastern Mennonite University in 1996 as Professor of Restorative Justice. Prior to that he served for nineteen years as director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Office on Crime and Justice. He now serves as Co-Director of CJP and Professor of Sociology and Restorative Justice, Conflict Transformation Program.

Dr. Zehr's book, Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, has been a foundational work in the growing "restorative justice" movement; in their recent book, Restoring Justice, Dan Van Ness and Karen Heederks Strong cite him as the "grandfather of restorative justice." He lectures and consults internationally on restorative justice and victim offender conferencing, which he helped pioneer. Other publications include Crime and the Development of Modern Society (1976), Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences (1996), Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (2001), The Little Book of Restorative Justice (2002), Critical Issues in Restorative Justice (2004, co-edited with Barb Toews), The Little Book of Family Group Conferencing, New Zealand Style (2004, co-authored with Allan MacRae); The Little Book of Contemplative Photography (2005).

He has published numerous articles on restorative justice. He has also served as Director, Office on Crime and Justice and Consultant, International Peace Office, Mennonite Central Committee, Akron, PA. He has worked professionally as a photographer and photojournalist, both in North America and internationally.

Dr. Zehr was the Founder and Director, Elkhart County PACT (now Center for Community Justice; the first U.S. Victim Offender Reconciliation Program). He also served as Associate Professor and Co-director of the Social Science and the Law Project, Talladega College, Talladega, AL, 1971-1978.

Zehr has brought his work on victim offender conferencing, restorative justice and other criminal justice issues to community groups, justice practitioners, criminal justice officials and universities in North America, Nepal, Vietnam, South Africa, Northern Ireland, England, India, New Zealand, Swaziland, Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Guatemala, Russia, Ukraine and Bosnia.

He was appointed by federal court in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh (with Tammy Krause) to assist defense in working with victims, 1997.

He has been awarded the Annual Peacebuilder Award, New York Dispute Resolution Association, 2003 and the International Restorative Justice Prize, Prison Fellowship International, 2004.

Zehr earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 1974; his M.A. at the University of Chicago in 1967; and his B.A. at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA in 1966.

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