Source: (1999) Paper presented at Reconciling and Restoring Relationships-A Responsibility for All Christians. ICCPPC World Congress. Mexico City. 13 September.

Consedine observes that any criticism of the nature of imprisonment and the current criminal justice system raises the objection, “Yes…but what alternatives are you proposing?�? Therefore, Consedine takes up the challenge and proposes restorative justice as the alternative – as a light in the darkness. He substantiates his position by critically examining the idea and practice of punishment as the heart of the problem; explains what restorative justice is and how it works; identifies restorative alternatives to punishment; and urges Christians to work for a restorative justice approach to responding to crime.

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