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Restorative Justice in Vermont: Part Two

Dembinski, Jan Peter
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) The Vermont Bar Journal, #157. 30(1).

The previous article on restorative justice, “Restorative Justice, Vermont State
Policy,” in the winter issue of the Vermont Bar Journal discussed the genesis of
Vermont’s restorative justice policy, as promulgated in 28 V.S.A. 2(a), and restorative
justice philosophy in general. Two of the questions posed at the outset of the article were
never addressed at large. How is restorative justice being done in Vermont? Can it, or
should it, shape my practice? This article will attempt to address both questions, albeit
the last only briefly. It will also give a short account of the legislative history of the
policy and an overview of current restorative justice practices in Vermont. It will also
take into account some of the current criticism of restorative justice practices among
Vermont attorneys. (excerpt)


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