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The Next Step: Indigenous Development of Neighborhood-Restorative Community Justice

Gilbert, Michael J.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) Criminal Justice Review. 32(1):5-25.

The challenge for modern crime-control policies is that they must work simultaneously across
multiple environments within communities that are characterized by overlapping needs,
issues, and service providers. Policy responses to crime must do more than capture and punish
criminals, because crime is a deeply embedded social problem, and effective crime control
requires more than a traditional justice system can offer. This article explores the effect of
blending the theoretical underpinnings of restorative and community justice as an indigenous
product of neighborhoods. Indigenous neighborhood processes may be able to address institutional
and social structure problems to improve the quality of life for area residents and
restorative outcomes for victims, the community, and the offender. (author’s abstract)


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