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In this article, Barajas maintains that a revolution is occurring in criminal justice – the emergence of a new paradigm – based not on the offender as the focus of criminal justice but on the community as the focus. Hence, this new paradigm can be called community justice. Barajas describes the shortcomings of the current criminal justice system and contrasts these with the characteristics of community justice. He then draws out the implications of the community justice model for policy and action.

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