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Restorative Justice and a Better Future

Braithwaite, John
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) Dorothy J. Killam Memorial Lecture. Dalhousie University, October 17.

This essay discusses the principles of restorative justice from the perspective of a case involving a robbery. Through a restorative justice conference, Sam and his victim find the social support they need to repair the damage and find healing. Combining reintegrative shaming crime theory with the principles of restorative justice offers a fundamentally different approach that contains cultural universals, that offers an alternative to retribution and rehabilitation, and can restore harmony based on a feeling that justice has been done. The social movement imbedded in restorative justice will continue to grow because it works for the people most directly involved.


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