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Restorative justice: Healing the foundations of our everyday lives.

Sullivan, Dennis
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Foreword by Harry Mika. Monsey, NY: Willow Tree Press. Second edition 2005.

Sullivan and Tifft note the rise of interest in restorative justice in recent years in international criminal justice, criminology, sociology, and political science spheres. Yet, they contend, proponents of restorative justice generally do not extend and apply its principles and processes to the prevention of social conditions that damage people and communities and that inhibit genuine restoration of people and communities in the aftermath of crime and social harm. In this book, then, the authors pursue a broader and deeper view of restorative justice that addresses both social-structural, institutional conditions and interpersonal harms. The basis of such a restorative approach would be a “needs-based justice,â€? in contrast to justice viewed as either “rights-basedâ€? or “desert-based.â€? To make their argument, Sullivan and Tifft discuss core components and programs of restorative justice, “needs-based justice,â€? power and violence, a radical perspective on crime and social harm, personal foundations of restorative justice, and restorative justice as a transformative process.


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