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‘AlterNative’ Approaches to Criminal Justice: John Braithwaite’s Theory of Reintegrative Shaming Revisited.

Tomaszewski, E. Andreas
June 4, 2015

Source: (1997) Critical Criminology. 8(2):105-118.

Conservative crime control measures, such as incarceration, capital punishment,
and boot camps, have done little, if anything, to prevent and control crime in North
America and elsewhere. What, then, is to be done? Like other progressive
criminologists, I contend that we need to radically rethink the administration of
justice and seek insight from First Nations societies and communities that rely on
informal means of resolving a wide range of conflicts. The main objective of this
essay is to demonstrate that such “AlterNative” social control strategies are more
effective and humane means of curbing crime and achieving social justice. The
progressive initiatives proposed here are heavily informed by the Inuit model of
restorative justice and John Braitwaite’s theory of reintegrative shaming. These
have the potential to alleviate much pain and suffering caused by crime and other
symptoms of structured social inequality.(Authors’ abstract)


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