The Call of Restorative Justice

Part 1 Ting Forum with Dr. Howard Zehr 

 2 DVD set (57 min. & 76 min.) 

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 Part 2 The Call of Restorative Justice - The Panelists

From the First Annual Dr. Liz Elliott Memorial Lecture

Well known and respected for her decades of activism, education and outreach, Dr. Liz Elliott "...went where others feared to tread, with some of our most vulnerable citizens, and touched their lives and their hearts.", says colleague Dr. Brenda Morrison.  Dr. Rob Gordon, Director of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, announces, "We will do our level best to ensure that the spirit of Liz Elliott continues to frame the dialogues about the social justice issues that she held most dear.  The annual memorial lecture will move her ideas into the public domain."

Part 1 - Widely known as "the grandfather of restorative justice," Dr. Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field.  A prolific writer, editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field.  He is a strong advocate for making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice along with respect for the dignity of all people. His speech here emphasizes a vision of restorative justice as a sustainable art of commitment and balance.  Zehr outlines achievements and challenges of restorative justice over the years, noting especially that mass incarceration, obvious racial disparities in court and prison systems and bureaucratization of restorative justice programs and groups will likely be in the forefront of coming concerns.  Social change, he suggests, however, will come from providing an alternative vision of a more caring and safe society as exhibited by creativity and artistry of compassionate people such as Liz Elliot.

Part 2 - Dr. Howard Zehr is joined by Dr. Brenda Morrison, Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, David L. Gustafson, Community Justice Initiatives and retired Judge Barry Stuart for more engaging dialogue with the audience around mass incarceration and prison oversight. (2 DVD set, 133 min. Copyright 2011 Heartspeak Productions)