Source: (2013) Dalhousie Law Journal. 36(2):281-316.
Whether restorative justice is “successful, “or not, is a complex question. Attempts
to answer this question by practitioners, professionals, and scholars have often
been bounded by common notions of success in standard criminai justice terms.
The authors of this paper suggest that if restorative justice is properly understood
in terms of its focus on relationship, success should be measured on new and
different dimensions. This paper seeks to bring a relational imagination to the
scholarly effort of capturing the essence of restorative justice and figuring out how
to assess its successes and failures. The authors offer a foundation and agenda
for future research and development of a relational approach to assessment. (authors’ abstract)
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