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Restorative Justice

An important movement in the field of criminal justice—as well as in the understanding of justice in general—is the restorative justice movement that gives voice and agency to victims, focuses on accountability by the offender, understands the importance of relationships and relational engagement (including the role of community), and works toward a justice that is healing. Such a movement is no doubt crucial to considerations of criminal psychology since it focuses on the psychological needs of victims as well as offenders. Conceptually speaking, offender behavior and consequences therein are inextricability linked with the pursuit of justice and the subjective emotional dimensions of such a pursuit. For victims and offenders, restorative justice provides a path to healing. Howard Zehr, the father of the modern restorative justice ...

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