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Transforming communities: Restorative justice as a community building strategy.

Beck, Elizabeth
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) Journal of Community Practice, 20:380–401.

Restorative justice is entering the social work literature as a strategy
that can transform lives harmed by violence. However, the
literature has yet to explore how restorative justice can transform
communities. Despite the lack of published information, communities
across the globe and the United States are experiencing
important benefits from restorative justice-based interventions. This
article explores 4 restorative justice strategies that seek to transform
communities: restorative boards, community conferencing,
community restorative support, and truth and reconciliation commissions.
The examination of the strategies includes case studies
that are used to support a larger discussion of application, practice,
outcomes, evaluation literature, and critiques. (authors’ abstract)


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