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Multi-Cultural Implications of Restorative Justice: Potential Pitfalls and Dangers

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

The purpose of this paper is to share with practitioners of restorative justice principles concerns about the implementation of such principles with people of varying cultural perspectives. Worldviews, perceptions of justice, and communication styles are greatly influenced by a person’s cultural milieu. Working with people of different cultures, particularly in attempts at conflict resolution, can be a challenge replete with potential dangers. The authors examine many of these dangers, and they present ways to increase the likelihood of positive interactions and outcomes.


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