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A Community Response to 9/11 Hate Crime: Restorative Justice Through Dialogue

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Contemporary Justice Review. 6(4): 383-391.

Nearly two hours after the September 11 terrorist attacks, a hate crime was committed against the Islamic Cultural Center in Eugene, Oregon. Rather than following the conventional criminal justice process, the director of the center and his wife chose to engage in a process of restorative dialogue with other community members and the offender himself. This case study of moving from hatred to healing occurred in the larger context of restorative justice, a movement that is now developing in many hundreds of communities in more than 17 countries. Social workers committed to community practice have played an active role in this reform movement, which has developed over the past two decades.


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