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An International Approach: What is Restorative Justice?

Wright, Martin
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper to Seminar in honour of Gunnar Marnell (27-2-1913- 14-4-2002). Mediation and Restorative Justice. Stockholm. 18 April 2002.

Wright begins this essay by discussing the differences between restorative justice and the traditional criminal justice system. He explores the criticisms of retribution and deterance. After this introduction, Wright develops his idea of what restorative justice can be. He describes a system approach and not the simple inclusion of restorative practices and outcomes along side retribution. He discusses the role of the court and the community. He sees the problem-solving outlook of restorative justice as addressing the pressures affecting criminal behavior as well as addressing the needs in each individual case.


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