Source: (2002) Behavioral Sciences and the Law. 20: 309-315.

Mark Small and Robin Kimbrough-Melton open this essay with the assertion that the changing nature of family and community life poses significant challenges for the administration of justice in the twenty-first century. In view of this, scholars and practitioners have begun to rethink justice. Reform movements – such as therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and community justice – have emerged to cast new paradigms for the administration of justice. In this context, Small and Kimbrough-Melton explore ways in which families and the justice system interact to strengthen and weaken each other to accomplish justice goals.