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Can We Heal Ourselves? Transforming Conflict in the Restorative Justice Movement

Thomas, Douglas
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Contemporary Justice Review 7(1): 107-116.

Divisions within the contemporary restorative justice movement in the US often manifest in one state-supported model: balanced and restorative justice (BARJ). Paul McCold, in this symposium frames the problem with BARJ as one of a corruption of restorative justice principles by its foundation in community justice. This article suggests that BARJ and McCold’s critique share a neglect of the transformative potential of restorative justice for realizing social and economic justice. Moreover, recent experience indicates that BARJ policy planning can take place in a way supportive of Social Equity Restorative Justice (SERJ). The time appears opportune for some peacemaking within the movement. (author’s abstract)


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