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Restorative Justice: Principles

Souryal, C
June 4, 2015

Source: (1990) Washington, DC: Justice Fellowship.

Restorative justice is new paradigm of justice, and the purpose of this second handbook in a 3 part series (see Van Ness, et al. 1989) is to develop principles of applications that will link theory to practice. Specific principles are presented which are designed to ensure that the practice remains true to the pursuit of the four goals of restorative justice: provide for victims and offenders with opportunities for reconciliation, offer victims of crime crisis intervention services, sentence nondangerous offenders to reparative sanctions, and grant victims a formal role in the justice system. The principles are derived from consideration of victim offender reconciliation programs, victim assistance programs, reparative sanction programs and victim participation efforts, and specific recommendations for each type of program are made as guidelines to action.


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