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“After shaming, whither reintegration: Restorative justice and relational rehabilitation.”

Bazemore, Gordon
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) In Restorative juvenile justice: Repairing the harm of youth crime, ed. Gordon Bazemore and Lode Walgrave, 155-194. With an introduction by Gordon Bazemore and Lode Walgrave. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press.

Acknowledging that objections have been raised to addressing rehabilitation or reintegration within a restorative justice framework, Bazemore nevertheless proposes that restorative justice, as a holistic model, has significant implications for efforts to change and reintegrate offenders. This essay explores the significance of restorative justice principles for a relational approach to rehabilitation. Relational rehabilitation focuses on building communities; on institutional reform to promote youth development; on changing the public image of young people in trouble; and on building connections between young offenders and community residents. With relational rehabilitation in view, Bazemore discusses relationships and crime; sanctioning, safety, and rehabilitation; naturalistic reform or rehabilitation; and restorative justice, reintegration, and youth development. Several tables compare and contrast relational rehabilitation with other approaches. In these many ways, Bazemore contends for relational rehabilitation as a restorative approach for responding to young offenders.


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