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Changing Lenses

Restorative Justice for Our Times
Changing Lenses

By author: Howard Zehr
Product Code: 9947
ISBN: 9780836199475
Pages: 336
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 6/10/2015

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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 justice and a new section of resources for practitioners and teachers, Changing Lenses offers a framework for understanding crime, injury, accountability, and healing from a restorative perspective.

Uncovering widespread assumptions about crime, the courts, retributive justice, and the legal process, Changing Lenses offers provocative new paradigms and proven alternatives for public policy and judicial reform.

What’s New in the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition:

  • Author updates of terminology, paradigms, and recommended reading
  • Foreword by restorative justice practitioner Sujatha Baliga
  • New resources for teachers, facilitators, and practitioners

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Preface to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
Foreword by Sujatha Baliga

PART I: The Experience of Crime
1. A Vignette
2. The Victim
3. The Offender
4. Some Common Themes

PART II: The Justice Paradigm
5. Retributive Justice
6. Justice as Paradigm

PART III: Roots and Signposts
7. Community Justice: The Historical Alternative
8. Covenant Justice: The Biblical Alternative
9. VORP and Beyond: Emerging Practices

PART IV: A New Lens
10. A Restorative Lens
11. Implementing a Restorative System
12. Reflections Twenty-Five Years Later

Group Study and Teaching Suggestions
Additional Group Exercises
Bibliographic Essay
The Author

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Review by: Leymah Gbowee - June 10, 2015
“This book will change how you think about wrongdoing and justice and mercy.”
Review by: Michelle Alexander - June 1, 2015

“Now that our nation is finally beginning to come to terms with the immorality and irrationality of our criminal injustice system, I hope that we will reread Howard Zehr’s classic text, Changing Lenses, and accept his challenge to reimagine what justice ought to look like.”

Review by: Arthur Boers, Tyndale Seminary - June 1, 2015

“If you read only one thing on crime and justice issues, read this. If you plan to read nothing on crime and justice . . . then change your mind and read this. I have a shelf of books on these issues but this is my favorite.”

Review by: Jim Mustin - June 1, 2015

“This book will get you thinking in new ways. It’s the best book on criminal justice I have ever read. Profound and thoughtful, yet written in plain language.”

Review: National Catholic Reporter - April 13, 1990

“A needed book with many suggestions for moving toward a more just criminal system.”

Review by: Helen Prejean - April 13, 1990

“Maybe one day we’ll integrate some of the principles of civil law into criminal justice, as Howard Zehr advises in his book Changing Lenses.”—in Dead Man Walking

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