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Restorative justice and Therapeutic Jurisprudence: All in the family.

Wexler, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) in, Katherine S. van Wormer and Lorenn Walkers, eds, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications. Los Angeles: Sage. PP. 27-30.

Therapeutic Jurisprudence, often abbreviated as TJ, is an attempt to humanize the law by incorporating insights from psychology, criminology, and social work into the law and its administration. It sees the law as a dynamic social force that affects teh emotional well-being of people. To TJ, the “law” consists of legal rules, legal procedures, and the roles of legal actors (judges, lawyers, and social workers) working on a legal context. Practitioners today draw on TJ principles to set up therapeutic courts such as drug courts and mental health courts. Mental health courts provide intensive supervision by probation officers and a team of mental health professionals. Courts are being set up as well for veterans whose offenses are associated with war-related trauma. This chapter contemplates the connection between the philosophy of therapeutic jurisprudence and restorative justice. (editor’s description)


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