Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice by ZEHR HOWARD

By ZEHR HOWARD

Crime sufferers have many desires, such a lot of which our felony justice method ignores. actually, the justice procedure frequently raises the damage. Offenders are much less neglected by means of the program, yet their actual needs—for responsibility, for closure, for healing—are additionally left unaddressed.

Such disasters aren't unintentional, yet are inherent within the very definitions and assumptions which govern our wondering crime and justice. Howard Zehr proposes a restorative version that is extra in line with adventure, with the previous, and with the biblical culture. in response to the desires of sufferers and offenders, he is taking under consideration contemporary reports and biblical principles.

This is the 3rd version of adjusting Lenses, with a brand new Afterword through the writer.

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I am sorry for what I have done, and I ask that I be forgiven. " Then came time for sentencing. Before pronouncing sentence, however, the judge methodically enumerated the usual goals of sentences: the need for retribution, the need to isolate offenders from society, the need to rehabilitate, the need to deter. He noted the need for offenders to be held accountable for their actions. Page 18 The judge also discussed this young man's intent in committing the crime. He had been charged with armed robbery and assault with intent to kill.

215 System Possibilities In the Meantime New Within the Old If Nothing Else Afterword 228 Appendix 1 A Restorative Justice Yardstick 230 Appendix 2 The Subversion of Visions 232 Appendix 3 Suggestions for Group Study 237 Appendix 4 Lessons from Sentencing Circles and Family Group Conferences 256 Select Bibliography 263 Sources of Additional Information 276 The Author 279 Page 11 PREFACE This book has emerged from experience, reading, and discussions over a number of years. It is a work of synthesis more than invention.

Crime destroys this sense of autonomy. Someone else has taken control of our lives, our property, our space. It leaves victims feeling vulnerable, defenseless, out of control, dehumanized. Here again self-blame may be a coping mechanism. If we can locate the cause of the crime in something we did, we can determine to avoid that behavior, thus regaining a sense of control. The woman in our story was not simply the victim of a physical attack, then. She wasand isthe victim of an assault on her very sense of self, on her self-concept as an autonomous individual in a predictable world.

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