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Restorative justice: Some facts and history.

Armour, Marilyn
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) Tikkun. Winter:25,26, 64,&65.

Restorative justice is a fast-growing state, national,
and international social movement and set of practices that aim
to redirect society’s retributive response to crime. Restorative justice views crime not as a depersonalized breaking of the law
but as a wrong against another person. It attends to the broken
relationships between three players: the offender, the victim,
and the community. Accordingly, restorative justice seeks to
elevate the role of crime victims and community members;
hold offenders directly accountable to the people they have
harmed; and restore, to the extent possible, the emotional and
material losses of victims by providing a range of opportunities
for dialogue, negotiation, and problem solving. Moreover it
views criminal acts more comprehensively than our judicial
system because it recognizes how offenders harm victims,
communities, and even themselves by their actions. (excerpt)


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