Source: (2003) Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Restorative Justice. June 2003. The Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University. Downloaded 2 October 2003.

Although Saskatchewan has over 30 community-based justice programs working restoratively with adults, many agencies working with youths, and faith organizations involved in restorative justice, there has been little research into the use of restorative justice across the province. This session presents the results of a graduate study about the work performed in community justice agencies. The study uses institutional ethnography, a method developed by contemporary Canadian sociologist Dorothy Smith, to explore "new terrain" by considering the factors that influence the ability of justice workers and coordinators to work in a restorative way. Focusing on the viewpoint of justice workers and the conditions of their daily work reveals how government reporting requirements impact community agencies, the tendency to focus on alternative measures rather than a broader conception of restorative justice, and a wide range in the extent to which victims and communities are involved. These issues, and the strategies justice workers use to deal with them, provide some lessons for others who want to work restoratively. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, www.sfu.ca/crj.


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