Source: (2003) Forum on Corrections Research. 15(1): 31-34.
The groundwork for a restorative approach to justice is found in the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) core values and guiding principles that emphasize individual dignity and respect, the potential of offenders to live as law abiding citizens, as well as those that recognize the importance of community connections and partnerships. The concept of restorative justice has early roots at CSC in it Aboriginal and Chaplaincy divisions. In 1996, CSC established the Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution Unit as a separate, dedicated division to explore emerging trends and initiatives in the fields of restorative jusitce. Other restorative justice initiatives within CSC include “Restorative Justice Week”, the Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award, and the Dispute Resolution Fund. This article discusses the use of restorative justice initiatives in correctional settings.
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