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NCJ Number: 119506 Find in a Library
Title: Justice: Stumbling Toward a Restorative Ideal (From Justice: The Restorative Vision, P 1-15, 1989, See NCJ-119505)
Author(s): H Zehr
Corporate Author: MCC U.S. Office of Criminal Justice
United States of America

MCC Canada Victims Offender Ministries Program
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: MCC Canada Victims Offender Ministries Program
Kitchener, ON N2G AR1, Canada
MCC U.S. Office of Criminal Justice
Elkhart, IN 46516
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article contrasts two perceptions of crime: retributive justice and restorative justice, pointing out that retributive justice emphasizes punishment while restorative justice emphasizes the offender's obligations to the victim.
Abstract: The current criminal justice system is based on a retributive justice model, with new solutions to escalating prison populations also based on the concept of punishment. Punishment has failed as a deterrent. Restorative justice, on the other hand, would take away the State's power to punish criminals and focus instead on how the offender could repair the damage done to crime victims and himself. Alternatives to inflicting pain through imprisonment should be explored. Low incarceration rates in the Netherlands should be examined as well as victim-offender mediation programs carried out in Great Britain. It is important to search for a new understanding of the role of the criminal justice system and a new language of justice. 27 references.
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Netherlands; Restitution; Victim compensation
Note: Occasional Papers of the MCC Canada Victim Offender Ministries Program and the MCC U.S. Office of Criminal Justice, February 1989, Issue No. 7
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