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Toward the Ideal Community Justice

Clear, Todd R
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) National Institute of Justice Journal (October 2000: pp.21 – 28.)

Clear and Karp attempt to identify the ideals and goals of community justice. They distinguish it from restorative justice by pointing out that its approach is proactive and dependent on voluntary civic participation or “stewardship.” In this, CJ is geared toward prevention of crime as well as to community restoration after crime has been committed. And the formal justice system is considered to be the responsible facilitator of the CJ process. At the same time, CJ has significant hurdles to face in convincing citizens and justice system officials alike to participate and give it their support.


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