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.

Citing the interpretive work of various modern commentators on the ways Western societies respond to crime, Wayne Northey characterizes the accepted paradigm of criminal justice as a “scapegoat mechanismâ€? employing “ceremonies of degradation.â€? In contrast are “ceremonies of reintegration- which seek to reconnect the offender to the wider society. In this context, Northey goes on to describe the M2/W2 Association--Restorative Christian Ministries and its efforts at restorative reintegration of those affected by crime.

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