Howard Zehr is the father of Restorative Justice and is known worldwide for his pioneering work in transforming understandings of justice. Here he proposes workable principles and practices for making Restorative Justice possible in this revised and updated edition of his bestselling, seminal book on the movement. (The original edition has sold more than 110,000 copies.)
Restorative Justice, with its emphasis on identifying the justice needs of everyone involved in a crime, is a worldwide movement of growing influence that is helping victims and communities heal, while holding criminals accountable for their actions.
This is not soft-on-crime, feel-good philosophy, but rather a concrete effort to bring justice and healing to everyone involved in a crime. In The Little Book of Restorative Justice, Zehr first explores how restorative justice is different from criminal justice. Then, before letting those appealing observations drift out of reach into theoretical space, Zehr presents Restorative Justice practices. Zehr undertakes a massive and complex subject and puts it in graspable from, without reducing or trivializing it.
This resource is also suitable for academic classes and workshops, for conferences and trainings, as well as for the layperson interested in understanding this innovative and influential movement.
About the Author
Howard Zehr directed the first victim offender conferencing program in the U.S. and is one of the original developers of restorative justice as a concept. A prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr has spoken and trained others throughout North America and in more than 25 other countries, including Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, the Ukraine, and New Zealand, where a restorative approach in the juvenile justice system has led to a dramatic drop in youth crime.
Zehr is Distinguished Professor of Restorative Justice and co-director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia). Zehr received his B.A. from Morehouse College, his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Table of Contents
1 An Overview 5
Why this Little Book? 7
About this revised edition 11
Restorative justice is not… 13
Restorative justice is concerned about needs and roles 20
2 Restorative Principles 28
Three pillars of restorative justice 31
The "how" and the "who" are important 35
Restorative justice aims to put things right 38
A restorative lens 43
Defining restorative justice 47
The goals of restorative justice 48
Guiding questions of restorative justice 49
Signposts of restorative justice 51
3 Restorative Practices 53
Core approaches often involve a facilitated encounter 56
Models differ in the "who" and the "how" 60
Models differ in their goals 66
A restorative continuum 69
4 Where From Here? 74
Retributive justice vs. restorative justice 75
Criminal justice vs. restorative justice 76
One vision 77
A way of life 79
Restorative justice is a river 80
Appendix I Fundamental Principles of Restorative Justice 83
Appendix II Restorative Justice in Threes 90
Appendix III Restorative Justice? What's That? 92
Appendix IV Ten Ways to Live Restoratively 95
Appendix V Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding 99
Additional Reading 105
About the Author 106