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Symbolic restitution: Community sanctions in the practice of the Hungarian Probation Service.

Hatvani, Erzsebet
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp. 217-224.

A broader concept of alternatives to prison includes not only the criminal law sanctions not resulting in the offender’s imprisonment, but also the various forms of diversion, compensation and reparation. Reparative justice is closely connected to the new forms of alternatives to prison. In spite of this connection, there is one key difference: while in traditional criminal justice the offender is the “passive subject” of retribution and is required to suffer the punishment, under the community concept the offender is a “responsible subject” and the community thus expects the offender to take responsibility for the crime. (excerpt)


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