Source: (1998) Paper presented at Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. October 7, 1998

As Daniel Van Ness remarks in this presentation, restorative justice is a growing international movement within the fields of juvenile and criminal justice. It is different from conventional criminal justice perspectives and processes. Restorative justice understands crime primarily as injury rather than lawbreaking; construes the purpose of justice as healing (rather than punishment alone); emphasizes the accountability of offenders to make amends; and focuses on assistance to victims. The aim is successful reintegration of victim and offender into a safe community. With this in mind, Van Ness defines restorative justice and sketches some of the new ways restorative justice is being developed and applied around the world.

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