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Restitution and Ethics: An Aristotelian Approach

Mackay, Robert
June 4, 2015

Source: (1992) In: H. Messmer and H.-U. Otto (eds.), Restorative Justice on Trial: Pitfalls and Potentials of Victim-Offender Mediation: International Research Perspectives. Dordrecht, NETH: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 569-584.

This paper addresses the need to establish a framework for ethics for Restitution. The author examines the potential for this through a consideration of Aristotelian approaches to ethics and their links with Humanistic Psychology. An eudemonian model is used to establish the feasibility of ethical evaluations of the policy and practice of a Criminal Justice Restitution project in Scotland. This project takes cases involving crime victims and offenders from the public prosecutor as a diversion from prosecution.


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