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Restorative Justice Today: Applications of Restorative Interventions takes a hard look at the issues and concepts surrounding restorative justice and current restorative practices used in a broad range of areas today. In a time when the cost of prisons and jails is on the rise resulting in more offenders being kept out of the community, this timely and contemporary book exposes readers to a range of restorative practices that can be implemented. The authors, renowned experts in the area of restorative justice, provide information not found in other restorative justice texts.
Chapter 1: Restorative Justice: Definition and Purpose
Restorative Justice: Definition and Purpose
This introductory chapter by Lorenn Walker, which includes a contribution by restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr, describes the basic values, purpose, and philosophy of RJ practices. The starting point is the history of this form of justice, which is now seen as an alternative to standard justice, yet has its roots in traditional settlements of disputes between warring parties. How the principles of this more informal form of justice shaped restorative justice as we know it today throughout North America is chronicled in this essay, which includes little known facts on the early role played by Zehr in the development of contemporary restorative practices.
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