Source: (2014) Bristol : Policy Press.

This unique book is a clear and detailed introduction that analyses how restorative justice nurtures empathy, exploring key themes such as responsibility, shame, forgiveness and closure. Using case studies, the book offers a fresh angle on a topic that is of growing interest both in the UK and internationally. (From WorldCat) Contents: Introduction; What is restorative justice?; Introduction; What is restorative justice?; Natural justice; Natural justice; Why the fascination with restorative justice?; Why the fascination with restorative justice?; Why do people choose restorative justice?; Why do people choose restorative justice?; A magnetic pull. The importance of empathyA magnetic pull; The importance of empathy; To get to the heart; To get to the heart; A note on terminology; A note on terminology; Part One; Empathy Level Zero: hurting; Part One. Empathy Level Zero: hurting; Chapter One; Crime and unhappiness; Crime and the rule of law; 1. Crime and unhappiness; Crime and the rule of law; Why do people commit crime?; Why do people commit crime?; The link between empathy and offending; The link between empathy and offending; Chapter Two; The gap caused by crime; The starting point for the person responsible. 2. The gap caused by crimeThe starting point for the person responsible; The starting point for the person harmed; The starting point for the person harmed; Two categories of crime; Two categories of crime; Both are likely to start at the bottom of the empathy scale; Both are likely to start at the bottom of the empathy scale; If no one is caught; If no one is caught; The gap; The gap; Part Two; Empathy Level One: seeing; Part Two. Empathy Level One: seeing; Chapter Three; Entering the criminal justice system; Police investigation; 3. Entering the criminal justice system; Police investigation. Pure restorative justicePure restorative justice; 'On-the-spot' restorative justice; 'On-the-spot' restorative justice; Pre-court restorative justice; A more balanced system? The notion of 'parallel justice'; Pre-court restorative justice; A more balanced system? The notion of 'parallel justice'; Chapter Four; Into the criminal courts; 4. Into the criminal courts; Not guilty: the end of the road for restorative justice; Not guilty: the end of the road for restorative justice; Crime and punishment; Crime and punishment; Retributive versus restorative; Retributive versus restorative. How could the criminal justice system be more restorative?How could the criminal justice system be more restorative?; Part Three; Empathy Level Two: voicing; Part Three. Empathy Level Two: voicing; Chapter Five; Unripe restorative justice; Pacing and timing; 5. Unripe restorative justice; Pacing and timing; Positional stalemate; Unripe restorative justice: the danger area when it is too; early for an apology or for forgiveness; Positional stalemate; Unripe restorative justice: the danger area when it is too; early for an apology or for forgiveness; A hollow apology; A hollow apology..