Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary. pp.46-56.

In the first half of the article it would be analysed what response under social policy are available in relation to the difficulties that arise in connection with crimes and the conflicts between the affected persons (the victim and the offender) and their communities. What moral, regulatory and institutional systems and schemes are available for society to give a response to crime? What social and social policy related issues arise in the lives of the affected persons and groups as a result of the crime? Are we aware of the effects the responses of society and the various institutions have on the affected victims, offenders, their families, communities and society in general? Can the reactions persuade the law-abiding members of society that common values and principles are still valid? Can the reactions to crime break the vicious circle of violence? Or, can the reactions ensure that no one feels the urge to resist and strike back? (excerpt)

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