Source: (2004) In, Howard Zehr and Barb Toews, eds., Critical Issues in Restorative Justice. Monsey, New York and Cullompton, Devon, UK: Criminal Justice Press and Willan Publishing. Pp. 253-263.
In this chapter WonshÃ© describes her experiences and reflections following months of interactions with people in the field of restorative justice in the United States. Her specific discussions and observations included the following: dialogues with people working for organizations expressly designed for restorative justice, as well as with people in other organizations or agencies that were implementing restorative justice; advisory and steering committee meetings for programs in high-risk victim offender dialogue and for reintegration of sex offenders; restorative justice training workshops; reparative panels; and regional restorative justice conferences. Based on all of this she offers her personal observations on these issues and more in restorative justice: researching restorative justice; ‘colonization’ of and by restorative justice; the significance of language; volunteerism; talk therapy; and victim offender dialogue.
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