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Restorative Community Justice: A Comprehensive Approach to Reducing Crime and Violence in Our Culture

Bucqueroux, Bonnie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Mason, Michigan: Publishing. Downloaded 9 May 2005.

While the United States has made dramatic strides in reducing the crime rate in recent years, the gains have come at the price of the world’s highest rate of
incarceration and crime rates are still too high and communities continue to suffer. This paper on Building a Restorative Community Justice model offers a vision of an effective alternative to the fragmented criminal and juvenile justice systems of today, as well as a three-phase plan to make this vision a reality: 1) Develop a Restorative Community Justice model – Synthesize the essence of the major criminal and juvenile justice reforms into a comprehensive,
system-wide Restorative Community Justice model. 2) Promote learning organizations – Transform police, prosecutors, courts and corrections into Learning organizations that can apply systems thinking to changing times and new challenges.
3) Strengthen Communities – Create capacity within communities so that they
become full partners in the process of merging formal and informal social
control into a unified, community-based approach. (excerpt)


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