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Taking victims seriously? The role of Victims’ Rights Movements in the emergence of restorative justice.

Richards, Kelly
June 4, 2015

Source: (2009) Current Issues in Criminal Justice. 21(2): 302-320.

It is widely accepted in the literature on restorative justice that restorative practices
emerged at least partly as a result of the recent shift towards recognising the rights of
victims of crime, and increasing the involvement of victims in the criminal justice system.
This article seeks to destabilise this claim. Although it accepts that there is a relationship
between the emergence of a strong victims’ rights movement and the emergence of
restorative justice, it argues that this relationship is more nuanced, complex and
contingent than advocates of restorative justice allow. (Author’s abstract).


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