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An open model for restorative justice: is there room for punishment?

Lokanan, Mark
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Contemporary Justice Review. 12(3):289 – 307.

An argument is made that restorative justice should incorporate some punishment in its practices. Instead of categorizing punishment and reparation as contrasting justice practices, an effort should be made to embrace and not eliminate punishment from the restorative process. In order to embrace punishment, restorative justice needs to be seen as an open approach that incorporates flexibility into its practices. This eclectic approach not only enhances restorative justices as a paradigm, but presents it as a viable option that has more to offer to the judicial process than simply dealing with petty crimes. (author’s abstract)


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