Source: Romeoville, Illinois: Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Peace and Social Justice Ministry.

The Peace and Social Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Illinois produced this paper on the moral principles and foundations for restorative justice. The paper presents a call for criminal and juvenile justice reform in Illinois. Beginning with the premise that the current criminal justice system in the United States (characterized as one of retaliatory punishment) is not working, the authors of the paper advocate restorative justice as a different approach rooted in the biblical vision of shalom. The paper contains sections on the biblical and theological bases of restorative justice and on fundamental principles of restorative justice.

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