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Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Ross London
Crime, Punishment, and Restorative Justice: From the Margins to the Mainstream
ISBN: 978-1-935049-33-3
ISBN: 978-1-935049-67-8
2011/378 pages/LC: 2010052992
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"A powerful and well-researched book that deserves a wide readership."—Christopher Bennett, Restorative Justice

"A unique and thought-provoking book from cover to cover."—Eric Assur, Restorative Justice Online

"Deserves careful study even (perhaps especially) by those who have reservations about [the author's] central thesis."—Martin Wright, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

"Comprehensive and compelling.… A major contribution to the theory and practice of justice. London provides insights into problems that bedevil not only the restorative justice field, but contemporary criminal justice policies as well."—Howard Zehr, Eastern Mennonite University


Is there a place for punishment in restorative justice? Can restorative justice be applied to a full range of offenses? Ross London answers both questions with an unequivocal yes.

London proposes that restoration, and especially the restoration of trust, be viewed as the overarching goal of all criminal justice policies and practices. Within that context, he argues that punishment—far from contradicting the goal of restoration—is not only essential for the victim and the community, but also a necessary component for the reintegration of the offender.

Drawing on his experience as a judge, prosecutor, and public defender, London offers a pragmatic vision of restorative justice that integrates its core values with real-world applications for even the most serious violent crimes.


Ross London is professor of criminal justice at Berkeley College.


  • Restoring Trust.
  • A New Paradigm Arises.
  • The Restoration of Personal Trust.
  • The Restoration of Social Trust.
  • The Primacy of Trust.
  • The Pathway Back for Crime Victims.
  • The Pathway Back for Offenders.
  • Criminal Sentencing Theory and Practice.
  • The Role of the Community.
  • A Restorative Justice Workshop.
  • Addressing the Concerns of Minorities.
  • Problems in Paradigms.
  • Toward Criminal Justice Reforms.
  • The Pathway Ahead.