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Adult Restorative Justice In New Zealand/ Aotearoa

Bowen, Helen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Paper presented at Building a Global Alliance for Restorative Practices and Family Empowerment, Fourth International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, set for 28-30 August, 2003. Downloaded 11 September 2003.

Helen Bowen and Jim Boyack assert that the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 was groundbreaking legislation in New Zealand, launching a worldwide restorative youth justice conferencing movement. Now the New Zealand government has legislatively extended restorative justice principles and processes to adult offenders, both in court and at the time of parole release from prison. Bowen and Boyack recount key developments in the social and legal extension of restorative ideas and practices for adult offenders in New Zealand. Additionally, they discuss public opinion on the restorative provisions of the new legislation, and they sketch particular cases that highlight the successes and challenges of restorative approaches to adult offenders.


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