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Canada’s contribution to the restorative justice movement.

Van Ness, Daniel W
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Reflexions past, present and future. Restorative Justice Week 2010. Correctional Services of Canada.

It is impossible to speak about RJ without including many of Canada’s extraordinary contributions. Although the principals did not know it at the time, the modern restorative movement started in 1974 with a victim offender reconciliation experiment in Elmira, Ontario. In the late 1980s, judges in the Yukon began using circles during the sentencing phase. So, two of the three classical forms of restorative encounters are gifts from Canada.


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