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Restorative Justice: International Perspectives

Burt Galaway and Joe Hudson, editors
ISBN: 978-1-881798-07-1
1996/516 pages

A CriminalJusticePress Project
"For anyone interested in exploring what the current dimensions and future possibilities of restorative justice are… [this book] is a must. The book contains 30 articles byinformed writers who discuss nearly every aspect of the thinking of restorative justice as well as a wide variety of restorative practices that are currently in existence in nearly every corner of the globe."—Dennis Sullivan, Justicia


An anthology presents 30 previously unpublished papers on the theory, research and practice of restorative justice in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. The chapters portray restorative justice practices at different points in the justice system as initiated by referrals from prosecutors, judges and probation and parole officials.

According to the editors' introduction, 3 elements are fundamental to any restorative justice definition and practice. First, crime is viewed primarily as a conflict between individuals and only secondarily as a violation against the state. Second, the aim of the criminal justice process should be to create peace in communities by reconciling the parties and repairing the injuries caused by the dispute. Third, the criminal justice process should facilitate active participation by victims, offenders and their communities so as to find solutions to the conflict.

Section topics are: theory for restorative justice practice; restorative justice practice among indigenous peoples; restorative justice practice issues; and restorative justice program applications.