- Shriver, Donald W., Jr. and Peggy L. Shriver. 2012-2013. “LAW, RELIGION, AND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IN NEW ZEALAND.” Journal of Law and Religion, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 143-177. New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
A former police chief and a criminologist confirm a famous remark by Margaret Mead when they write: “The initiation of restorative reforms is often based upon the conversion of one key professional in a criminal justice agency.” New Zealand district court judge Fred W. M. McElrea personalized this rule in his account of how he stumbled on a restorative procedure in the case of a young man in Auckland, who was a Māori and son of a bishop, and who confessed to the crime of robbing a woman’s purse. She happened to be a Quaker, and she appeared in court as a gesture of friendship for the offender. When the time came for sentencing, McElrea wondered out loud if there were a way for the young man to be monitored, without imprisonment, by some competent person who knew him. At that, Douglas Mansil, local Presbyterian minister, also present in the court room, stood and volunteered his services. Mansil had been the longtime “streetwise” pastor of a congregation in that Auckland neighborhood, known for furnishing the courts with more than a few young offenders. Together with the Quaker victim of the crime, he kept track of the young man and report regularly to the court. It was the beginning of McElrea’s dedication to restorative justice for young offenders in New Zealand.