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Restorative Justice in Diverse and Unequal Societies

Daly, Kathleen
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) Law in Context. 17(1): 167-190.

Daly considers the role that restorative justice may play in unequal societies, with a focus on racial and ethnic inequalities. The literature that has emerged around restorative justice often claims that restorative justice delivers more effective justice, partly because it offers community members and organizations a far wider role than conventional courthouse justice. Daly argues that restorative justice may have the potential to do so if properly resourced and linked to offences that are susceptible to imprisonment. However, she also warns that in extending and developing programs of this kind we should be careful not to assume equality of outcomes form equality of treatment, and advocates a form of restorative justice directed to relations of group inequality as well as individual criminality.


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