Howard Zehr Changing Lenses 

The choice of lens, then, affects what is in the picture. It also determines the relationships and proportions of the elements included.

Similarly, the lens we use to examine crime and justice affects what we include as relevant variables, what we consider their relative importance to be, and what we consider proper outcomes.

We view crime through a retributive lens. The "criminal justice" process which uses that lens fails to meet many of the needs of either victim or offender. The process neglects victims while failing to meet its expressed goals of holding offenders accountable and deterring crime.

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