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Neglecting due process for minors: A possible dark side of the restorative justice implementation?

Durmortier, Els
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Paper presented at the Ancillary Meetings of the Tenth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders. Vienna, Austria, 10-17 April.

Expressing skepticism about what he perceives to be the optimistic nature of restorative justice perspectives, Dumortier scrutinizes the language of restorative justice discourse and the issue of due process for minors in the implementation of restorative justice procedures. With respect to discourse, he pays particular attention to community service and victim-offender mediation as two prototypes of restorative justice. Then he asks whether restorative justice in action equals restorative justice as described and touted in the discourse on it. Specific issues related to restorative justice in relation to juvenile justice are addressed in some detail.


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