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Concepts, practices, and development of restorative justice in Hong Kong.

Wong, Dennis S. W.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Journal of Youth Studies. 12(1): 139-149.

Restorative justice, as both a philosophy and a practical model, links knowledge and practices with
justice, crime prevention, offender rehabilitation, conflict management, and community mediation.
It is one of the most rapidly emerging concepts in the field of criminology, and over the past 20
years has called upon different groups of aspirants such as scholars, social workers, psychologists,
legal professionals, and policy makers to work together. The prime objective of restorative justice is
to assist offenders to express remorse, seek forgiveness from victims, and repair the harm they
have caused, through a restorative justice forum. This paper firstly explores the origins, content,
and focus of restorative justice. By describing the efforts made by a group of scholars, it analyses
how restorative justice has become a better recognised service strategy in youth offender
rehabilitation and student discipline services. Moreover, this paper will discuss the future development
of restorative justice in Hong Kong. (Authors abstract).


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