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In this essay, Van Ness provides a historical overview of a number of significant initiatives related to restorative justice generated by the United Nations crime congresses, by the Working Party on Restorative Justice (formed from a group of non-governmental organizations participating in the Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice), and by other notable groups. He also reviews the proposed UN Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice Programmes in Criminal Matters (based on the Working Partyxe2x80x99s draft work on standards or guidelines for countries); this commentary covers the document as a whole, each section of the document, and each principle. The conclusion outlines the next steps in international consideration of the proposed principles.

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