Source: (2002) Canadian Journal of Criminology. 44(4):459-474.
For a variety of reasons, many agree that there are serious problems with the modern prison system. In 2002 Michael Harris released his book Con Game in which he claims that Canadaâ€™s prison system is in crisis. The book has received both positive and critical reviews. Some see it as a fine piece of investigative journalism; others criticize it as blatantly weak in research. In this essay, Liz Elliott adds to those who decry the book. In particular she challenges Harrisâ€™s assertions about restorative justice in the philosophy and operations of the federal corrections system. To make her argument, she presents a description of the essential features of restorative justice, discusses its application potential in prisons, and surveys the use of restorative justice in the Correctional Service of Canada.
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