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Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice

Competing or Reconcilable Paradigms

Editor(s): Andreas von Hirsch, Julian V Roberts, Anthony E Bottoms, Kent Roach, Mara Schiff
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Published: 31-07-2004
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 360
ISBN: 9781841135182
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in Penal Theory and Penal Ethics
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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About Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice

Restorative Justice has emerged around the world as a potent challenge to traditional models of criminal justice,and restorative programmes, policies and legislative reforms are being implemented in many western nations. However, the underlying aims, values and limits of this new paradigm remain somewhat uncertain and those advocating Restorative Justice have rarely engaged in systematic debate with those defending more traditional conceptions of criminal justice. This volume, containing contributions from scholars of international renown, provides an analytic exploration of Restorative Justice and its potential advantages and disadvantages. Chapters of the book examine the aims and limiting principles that should govern Restorative Justice, its appropriate scope of application, its social and legal contexts, its practice and impact in a number of jurisdictions and its relation to more traditional criminal-justice conceptions.

These questions are addressed by twenty distinguished criminologists and legal scholars in papers which make up this volume. These contributions will help clarify the aims that Restorative Justice might reasonably hope to achieve, the limits that should apply in pursuing these aims, and how restorative strategies might comport with, or replace, other penal strategies.

Contributors: Andrew Ashworth, Anthony E Bottoms, John Braithwaite, Kathleen Daly, James Dignan, R A Duff, Carolyn Hoyle, Barbara Hudson, Leena Kurki, Allison Morris, Kent Roach, Julian V Roberts, Paul Roberts, Mara Schiff, Joanna Shapland, Clifford Shearing, Daniel van Ness, Andrew von Hirsch, Lode Walgrave, Richard Young.

Table Of Contents

1. Principles of Restorative Justice
John Braithwaite
2. Specifying Aims and Limits for Restorative Justice:
A 'Making Amends' Model?
Andrew von Hirsch,Andrew Ashworth and Clifford Shearing
3. Restoration and Retribution
Antony Duff
4. Imposing Restoration Instead of Inflicting Pain
Lode Walgrave
5. Some Sociological Reflections on Restorative Justice
Anthony Bottoms
6. Restoration and Retribution in International Criminal Justice:
An Exploratory Analysis
Paul Roberts
7. Towards a Systemic Model of Restorative Justice
Jim Dignan
8. Proposed Basic Principles on the Use of Restorative Justice:
Recognising the Aims and Limits of Restorative Justice
Daniel Van Ness
9. Victims and Offenders
Barbara Hudson
10. Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice: Just Responses to Crime?
Joanna Shapland
11. Mind the Gap: Restorative Justice in Theory and Practice
Kathleen Daly
12. Restorative Justice in Canada: From Sentencing Circles to Sentencing Principles
Julian V Roberts and Kent Roach
13. Restorative Justice in New Zealand
Allison Morris and Gabrielle Maxwell

14. New, Improved Police-Led Restorative Justice?
Richard Young and Carolyn Hoyle
15. Evaluating Restorative Justice Practices
Leena Kurki
16. Models, Challenges and The Promise of Restorative
Conferencing Strategies
Mara Schiff


“…a significant breakthrough in our understanding of restorative justice…It is not only a must read but a touchstone for future debate and research.” –  Gilles Renaud, The Canadian Criminal Justice Association Website

“…a welcome publication.” –  Hans Henrik Brydensholt, Criminal Law Forum, no. 17

“Discussions of restorative justice as a complement to or alternate to criminal or retributive justice remain in their infancy, yet this collection assures that this critically important discussion moves forward.

These thought-provoking essays on a timely topic need to be read by people in the punishment business. Summing up: Highly recommended.

” –  M.A. Foley, Marywood University, CHOICE

“This book is essential reading for anybody interested in the development of restorative justice and the future of criminal justice. Each contribution is significant and well written.” –  Gerry Johnstone, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

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