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Thoughts About Action and Ideology in Criminal Justice Reform

Clear, Todd R
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) Contemporary Justice Review 7(1): 69-73.

This paper describes four paradoxes of criminal justice reform: (1) Good intentions do not matter and may, in fact, be a detriment; (2) Major changes come about when disparate coalitions merge to make them possible; (3) The structure of incentives matters more than the content of feelings or thoughts; (4) Whatever we do in our lives will, if we are lucky, become the foundation that others who follow us will find in need of change. Implications of these paradoxes for both restorative and community justice reform agendas are discussed. Author’s abstract.


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