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Rudi Kauffman & Heather Koontz

In: Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications

Chapter 3: Preparing Students of Criminal Justice for Restorative Justice Practice

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Preparing Students of Criminal Justice for Restorative Justice Practice
Preparing students of criminal justice for restorative justice practice
RudiKauffman and HeatherKoontz

This firsthand account by faculty at Bluffton University, a Mennonite school, describes how students are introduced to the restorative principles and practices at a university in which restorative justice serves as a bridge between departments of criminal justice and social work. Rudi Kauffman and Heather Koontz are assistant professors of restorative justice and social work respectively. Both are graduates of Bluffton University.

Studying, teaching, and applying restorative justice in America today offer a range of challenges and opportunities. Depending on the context, “restorative justice” takes on dramatically different meanings. Among victims, it may be received as a welcome opportunity to become involved in the process or rejected ...

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