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Editor’s Note: Efforts to integrate Restorative Justice with prison population reduction efforts are very rare. But several years ago, the Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand ratified a justice policy position paper, entitled “Making Good,â€? that is the only political party-based position paper I am aware of that integrates addressing the needs of both victims and offenders. Because of its importance, this article will reprint a good portion of the Green Party’s paper. The New Zealand Green Party’s position paper states that justice is about more than solving or responding to crime. “It is about how we create a fair, peaceful and sustainable world.â€? Accordingly, the document identifies important concerns such as rebuilding local economies, celebrating people’s diversity, ending violence, and ensuring people’s needs. (excerpt)

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