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Restorative justice: Definition and purpose.

Walker, Lorenn
June 4, 2015

Source: (2013) in, Katherine S. van Wormer and Lorenn Walkers, eds, Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications. Los Angeles: Sage. PP. 3-13.

This introductory chapter by Lorenn Walker, which includes a contribution by restorative justice pioneer Howard Zehr, describes the basic values, purpose, and philosophy of RJ practices. The starting point is the history of this form of justice, which is now seen as an alternative to standard justice, yet has its roots in traditional settlements of disputes between warring parties. How the principles of this more informal form of justice shaped restorative justice as we know it today throughout North America is chronicled in this essay, which includes little known facts about the early role played by Zehr in the development of contemporary restorative practices. (editor’s description)


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