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NCJ Number: 248890 Find in a Library
Title: Restorative Justice Symposia Summary
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 134
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material; Report (Summary)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This summary of material from five regional symposia on restorative justice sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) addresses the principles, practices, and promotion of restorative justice.
Abstract: Restorative justice is not presented as a specific program, but rather as a set of principles that can be implemented in a variety of program designs. The seven restorative justice principles are as follows: Crime inflicts harm directly on victims and indirectly on the quality of life in the community; victims and the community are central in the response to crime; the top priority of justice processes is to repair harms to victims and restore their quality of life; the second priority is to restore quality of life to the community; the offender is held responsible for causing and remedying harm to the victim and community; stakeholders share responsibility for structuring restorative justice responses to crime; and the offender is responsible for learning and demonstrating positive behavioral changes that prevent future victimizations. After outlining these restorative justice principles, this report presents arguments and suggestions for changing current criminal justice processes to reflect restorative justice principles; barriers to the change process are noted. Another section of the report details a few of the many perspectives reflected in the forms of restorative justice processes that have been implemented; their benefits are discussed along with lessons learned. Promising practices in structuring restorative justice principles are described. These include circle sentencing, crime boards, family group conferencing, community policing, neighborhood probation, school-based probation, community courts, and community prosecution. Guidance is provided on the challenges and techniques for achieving the changes needed in the justice system to reflect restorative justice principles. References and resources are listed.
Main Term(s): Restorative Justice
Index Term(s): Alternative dispute settlement; Change management; Criminal justice system reform; Family conferencing; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ Resources; Victim services; Victim-offender reconciliation
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