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The purpose of this paper is to provide a common framework for jurisdictions in Canada to use in gathering information from communities and agencies in the development of restorative justice programs. The first part of the paper provides an overview of restorative justice, including the following: core principles of restorative justice; core program models; the status of restorative justice in Canada; aboriginal justice and restorative justice; restorative justice and the offender; and restorative justice and victims of crime. The second part explores specific issues, concerns, and questions for the jurisdictions to consider, including the following: roles of government and community in restorative justice; effects of restorative processes on victims; appropriate offenses for restorative processes; issues of accountability in restorative programs; and training and standards of practice.

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