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Albert Eglash and Creative Restitution: A Precursor to Restorative Practices

Mirsky, Laura
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Restorative Practice E-Forum. December 3. International Institute of Restorative Practices. Downloaded 11 February 2004.

As Laura Mirsky writes, psychologist Albert Eglash developed the concept of creative restitution in the 1950s. Eglash, working with adults and youths involved in the criminal justice system, found the system lacking in humanity and effectiveness. He proposed an alternative to the criminal justice system, an alternative based on the idea of creative restitution. In this form of restitution, an offender is helped by the system to make amends to the person or people harmed by his or her offense. In this regard, Mirksy points out that some acknowledge Eglash’s work as one of the foundations of the restorative justice movement, and so she explores the connections between creative restitution and basic tenets of restorative justice.


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