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Restorative Justice – A Better Way

Wray, Harmon
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Response June 1999.

In this article, Wray summarizes a restorative justice approach. Crime is understood primarily as the violation of one person by another. The real victim, the offender, and the local community are all involved in deciding what it will take to “make it right.” Accountability is understood as taking responsibility for what one has done, repenting of it, trying to make it right – typically through restitution – and not doing it again. The community takes responsibility for helping the offender and the victim “work it out” and holds the offender responsible for following through with whatever that entails. It also seeks to reintegrate the offender into the community.


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