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Government and the Voluntary Sector: Meeting at the Crossroads of Restorative Justice

Kelly, Cathy Ann
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) St. Leonard’s Society of Canada Coast to Coast. 9(1, Spring): 2. Downloaded 13 January 2005.

According to Cathy Ann Kelly, restorative justice is at a crossroads in Canada. This consists of a fine line between ensuring the safety of participants by insisting on safeguards and limiting communities by being overly prescriptive. It is in this context that she sketches and lauds a process of dialogue between the government and the voluntary sector about restorative justice principles. The dialogue took place when, between 2002 and 2003, the Canadian government helped organize and fund a consultation on Draft UN and Draft Canadian Principles of Restorative Justice. The consultation involved both a National Policy Review Panel and the broader restorative justice community in Canada, including the St. Leonard’s Society of Canada.


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