Howard Zehr & Edwin Rutsch: How to Build a Culture of Empathy with Restorative Justice (Restorative Empathy)

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. Author of many books including The Little Book of Restorative Justice.



We talked about the role of empathy as a foundational value in the restorative justice movement. Edwin thinks a more accurate term would be restorative empathy. Howard said, “This vision of mutuality is supported by neuro science and attachment theory. The new neuro science is teaching us that we as a human being, our brains are designed to connect with other people.” He feels victims of harm may be resistant to talking about empathy. Sub Conference: Justice