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Forgiveness in the criminal justice system: Necessary element or impossible dream?

Kittle, Bruce A
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) In Community forgiveness and restorative justice: Essays from the criminal justice system and the peace movement, ed. Robert D. Enright, 3-11. Issue 8 of The World of Forgiveness 2 (May). Madison, Wisconsin: International Forgiveness Institute.

Bruce Kittle inquires whether forgiveness and the criminal justice system are related to each other – whether they can or should be brought together. Answering in the affirmative – forgiveness can and should have a vital role in the healing and restoration of individuals and society in the wake of injuries from crime’s – he acknowledges that bringing forgiveness and the criminal justice system together is a difficult challenge. To illustrate both the challenges and the possibilities, Kittle draws upon his own experience as a mediator in victim-offender conferences.


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