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Restorative justice as direct democracy and community building.

Kurki, Leena
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Saint Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Corrections, Community and Juvenile Services Division.

As conceived and practiced, restorative justice applies directly to victims, offenders, and communities in terms of redressing the harm caused by crime. Kurki and Pranis contend that restorative justice also fosters direct democracy and community building in that democratic processes and consensus decision-making are fundamental to restorative ideas and practices. To develop their perspective, Kurki and Pranis distinguish restorative justice from conventional criminal justice, maintain that restorative justice promotes collective accountability of communities, and explore why people participate in restorative practices.


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