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NCJ Number: 230058 Find in a Library
Title: Toward a Culturally Competent Restorative Justice Practice Framework: A Focus on Asian Americans
Journal: Families in Society  Volume:90  Issue:4  Dated:October - December 2009  Pages:399-406
Author(s): Jung Jin Choi; Margaret Severson
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 8
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines adaptations to the restorative justice framework that need to be made to work more effectively with the Asian-American population.
Abstract: Restorative justice programs have been implemented extensively throughout North America and Europe over the last several decades. These programs are aimed at dealing with crime and the resulting emotional issues, through nontraditional ways. A review of the literature reveals that restorative justice has received little attention in social work literature, and that despite social workers' commitment to social justice, social workers have not been consistently and significantly involved in criminal justice matters. A problem frequently encountered by practitioners is the cross-cultural challenges that arise in the criminal justice, restorative justice context. This problem is especially pronounced in the Asian-American community. In Western cultures, conflict between individuals is frequently handled through legal means, with attorneys speaking for clients. In Asian cultures, however, conflict tends to be handled more by intermediaries consistent with Confucian values of achieving harmony in interpersonal and social relationships. The article looks at the development and current status of restorative justice approaches, and examines the cultural differences between East and West. A culturally competent restorative justice practice framework for the Asian-American community is presented and discussed. Implications for practice are also examined. References
Main Term(s): Social work
Index Term(s): Asian Americans; Conflict resolution; Criminal justice program evaluation; Crisis intervention; Cross-cultural theories; Cultural influences; Dispute resolution; Neighborhood justice centers; Restorative Justice; Social change
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