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Exploring communities of facilitators: Orientations toward restorative justice.

Paul, Gregory D
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 31(2):189-218.

Although current research on restorative justice largely has overlooked
facilitators’ roles in victim-off ender conferences, research on third parties
suggests that they are more than neutral process guides. Th e study
examined in this article involved an exploration of restorative justice
facilitators’ backgrounds, perceived responsibilities, and ideal outcomes
to arrive at a theory of facilitated justice rooted in facilitator orientation
and conference context. Based on individual interviews with facilitators
from two restorative justice organizations, the results of this study
suggest the presence of four orientations rooted in participant orientation
and outcome orientation. Th ese orientations lead to the development
of a theory of facilitated justice. (author’s abstract)


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