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Beyond Evangelical Criminology: The Meaning and Significance of Restorative Justice

Pratt, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) In, Ivo Aertsen, Tom Daems and Luc Robert, editors, Institutionalizing Restorative Justice. Cullompton, Devon and Portland: Willan Publishing Press pp.44-64

This chapter discusses the meaning and significance of restorative justice as a concept with an expansive scope and range of intent. The author expresses that restorative justice has thus far been understood mainly on the basis of its outcomes, rather than on its goals and processes. Somehow this has caused restorative justice to become linked with evangelical criminology. This link has established restorative justice as a catch all phrase for actions made by faith-based organizations rather than portraying the concept based its core value, which the author identifies as a non-judicial investigative process that looks into criminal behavior without the typical stringent procedural and evidential rules.


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