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Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times

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Does the criminal justice system actually help victims and offenders? What does justice look like for those who have been harmed? For those who have done harm? Twenty-five years after it was first published, Changing Lenses by Howard Zehr remains the classic text of the restorative justice field.

Now with valuable author updates on the changing landscape of restorative jus

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Kindle Edition, 25th Anniversary Edition, 338 pages
Published June 10th 2015 by Herald Press (first published January 1st 1990)
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Cathy Wilcox
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book discusses the U.S. criminal justice system and how unjust and unchristian it has become. It looks at what happens to offenders, victims and communities and how our system concerns itself with punishment, while failing to teach offenders to take responsibility for their past and future actions and failing to make communities responsible for providing basic needs to their citizens.
Ariel (ariel_reads)
This is an excellent introduction book into the perspective of restorative justice. A relatively easy read, Zehr concisely spells out what it means to look at crime and offenders in a way that prioritizes the victim and the victim's needs.
Drick
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent introduction to Restorative Practices by one of the founders of the modern Rj movement. The updated version incorporates many of the additions to thought and practice from the initial days.
Mathew Rodriguez
If you want a primer on how to approach justice in a way that isn't punitive/retributive and doesn't center punishment/pain/prison, pick this up, I implore you!
Isaac Holloway
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thomas DeWolf
I read this book in advance of taking a course in "restorative justice" as part of the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I've known the author, Howard Zehr, for several years and I've known his reputation as the "father of RJ" in the United States for far longer.

Changing Lenses will get you thinking in new ways about criminal justice and about justice and injustice in general. The invitation to look at life through "new lenses" is critical
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Greg
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Howard Zehr is truly an incredible man for what he has taught countless people about restorative justice, but even moreso because of his humility. This book was originally publish in 1990 and Howard has since written a few afterwords for new editions. It astounds me how effortlessly and articulately he criticizes his original work and brings to the the new things he has learned since writing it. Even more profound is that to people he often quotes as teaching him new ways of thinking about RJ we ...more
Daniel Seifert
A helpful guide for the application of "gentle cynicism" of the Western judicial system and cultural attitudes about crime, the "criminal" and the victims with practical vision for working toward genuine and holistic justice
Kristi
Jun 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Howard Zehr is an American criminologist, prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist; widely considered to be a pioneer of the modern concept of restorative justice.

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. He has led hundreds of events
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