Peace and Justice

Righting Wrongs the Maori Way
by Allan MacRae, Howard Zehr
Instead of prison, New Zealand chooses restorative justice and community problem-solving.
Rehabilitation, Not Punishment: A Better Solution to Crime
Video: Sarah van Gelder, co-founder and executive editor of YES! Magazine, discusses the innovative approach to crime used in Hawaii’s only women’s prison.
Recipes for Recovery
by James Tracy
Ex-cons show each other the way out at San Francisco's Delancey Street.
Preventing Sexual Assault
by Selena Shen
Freedom from harassment is part of students' right to an equal education.
Farming Careers for Young Veterans
by Robert Mellinger
Soldiers returning to a bleak job market grow a new set of skills.
Can Prison Be a Healing Place?
by Sarah van Gelder
Why the warden of Hawaii's only women's prison creates a sanctuary for its residents.
Addictions Originate in Unhappiness—and Compassion Could Be the Cure
by Gabor Maté
What kind of despair could lead someone to value short-term pain relief over life itself? The first question—always—is not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?”
Horses as Healers
by Lorna Shepardson
What do you do with a teenager who’s angry, depressed, disconnected, or all of the above? Lorna Shepardson knows a magical gift horses possess that can help bring young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story.
The Night I Forgave My Daughter’s Killer
by Marietta Jaeger-Lane, as told to Lynsi Burton
How a grieving mother put compassion before vengeance, and found closure along the way.
A 9/11 Friendship of Forgiveness
Phyllis Rodriguez' son was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Aicha el-Wafi's son was convicted of conspiring to plan the attack that killed him. In 2002, the two mothers met and became friends.
Truth and Reconciliation in New York
by David Kaczynski
Ex-offenders and families of victims ask, how can we resolve the tension between our need to protect society, and our desire to believe in human redemption?
The Locked Gate: Standing Up for My Brother, Troy Davis, on Death Row
by Martina Davis-Correia, as told to Jen Marlowe
My brother and I don't always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I'll never walk out on him again.
Voices of Compassion
Personal stories of life beyond bars.
From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Rethinking Atomic Energy
by Jonathan Schell
The combined devastation of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant explosion begs the question: Doesn't Mother Nature provide enough forces of destruction without humans adding one of our own?
Haitian Renaissance: Youth Paint a New Country
by Beverly Bell
How a community art program in Haiti is empowering young people to express their hope for a better future.