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What Is Restorative Justice?

Hutchison, Peggy
June 4, 2015

Source: (1999) New World Outlook 59 (6),

A wide-ranging movement called restorative justice is seeking to transform the systems that are in place to deal with interpersonal and intergroup conflict. Restorative justice is rooted in older traditions of community justice, in Christian ideals drawn from the Sermon on the Mount, and in earlier biblical concepts, such as Jubilee (a year of freedom, restoration, and forgiveness) and shalom (from Hebrew) or salaam (from Arabic), meaning “peace with justice.” Rooted in right relationships, not vengeance, restorative justice refocuses our gaze and reshapes the assumptions that underlie our systems for dealing with conflict.


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