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“What Is Restorative Justice? Restorative Justice 1.

Claassen, Ron
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

This is the first in a series of papers on basic principles of restorative justice. In this the author asks whether “criminal justice system” is a good name. Does it describe the primary actors? Is it descriptive of what people do? He contends that the name is a problem – it is not helpful, and it is confusing. He then proposes that we change from “criminal justice system” to “restorative justice system” to clarify the purpose of the system, how it should operate, and provide a measure for its success.


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