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Why restorative justice? Repairing the harm caused by crime

Graef, Roger
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Edited and additional material by Marian Liebmann. London, UK: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In this book Roger Graef presents an introduction to restorative justice especially for the general public. His study begins with the need for change. As he puts it, the current criminal justice system focuses exclusively on the processing and punishment of offenders, with little or no attention to the needs of victims and communities. A better and more satisfactory approach to crime is restorative justice. It focuses on the harm caused by crime; seeks to involve all who are affected by crime in dealing with the effects; and aims to restore people, relationships, and communities. Graef looks at the principles and history of restorative justice; discusses the victim, the offender, and the community in relation to crime; summarizes restorative processes and services; sketches new, relevant legislation in the United Kingdom; and points to wider use of restorative justice beyond criminal justice. Case studies throughout the book illustrate his arguments for restorative justice.


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