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Kurki addresses the fact that RJ and CJ are diametrically opposed systems in philosophies, methods and goals. She identifies the conflicts between the two practices and addresses “howâ€? – and even whether it’s possible - to incorporate or reconcile RJ practices with the existing criminal justice system. Problems include: current lack of systematic data on RJ practices and outcomes; no consensus on how to measure “successâ€?; and the bulk of RJ writing covers its philosophy, not implementation. Further, if adopted by the CJ community, RJ risks being corrupted to another bureaucratic approach instead of a community practice. But without systemwide implementation, responses to crime will be inconsistent, especially where socio-economic factors influence practice and implementation. These are all issues that must be faced.

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