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Understanding restorative justice through the lens of critical criminology.

Cunneen, Chris
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Australasian Teaching Critical Criminology Conference, Sydney Law School, July 2007 The Critical Criminology Companion, C. Cunneen and T. Anthony, eds., pp. 290-302, Hawkins Press (an Imprint of Federation Press), 2008.

“There is an uneasy relationship between critical criminology and restorative justice.
On the one hand, restorative justice is a story of optimism, reform and social
change. Yet it also demonstrates a tendency to work within traditional criminal
justice systems and whilst doing so, fails to challenge the exclusionary processes
of criminalisation. This chapter explores some of the tensions between restorative
justice and critical criminology – it is a critique of restorative justice within the
context of the unfulfilled possibilities that restorative justice might hold.” (Excerpt)


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