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Community justice: A conceptual framework

Clear, Todd R
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) In Boundary changes in criminal justice organizations, ed. Charles M. Friel, 323-368. Criminal Justice 2000, vol. 2. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice.

Community justice refers to a cluster of ideas and practices centered in how crime and justice involve and affect communities. Initiatives oriented around such perspectives include community crime prevention, community policing, community courts, and restorative justice sanctioning systems. In this chapter Karp and Clear develop a conceptual framework for community justice. Their exploration of the subject includes the following topics: the emergence of community justice; the community justice ideal; key elements of community justice; principles of community justice; an integrity model of community justice; and current issues in community justice.


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