Restorative Justice and the Criminal Justice System Term Paper by jlatigue

Restorative Justice and the Criminal Justice System
An examination of the past and present of restorative justice in the corrections system.
# 152339 | 1,436 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2013 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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The paper discusses the ideology behind restorative justice and explains that by recognizing that crimes committed have had an enormous effect on people and the community, this brand of justice aims to repair the injuries sustained, and also allow the parties involved to be a part of the process as a whole. The paper looks at the roots of restorative justice and at early and modern attempts at restorative justice in the corrections system. The paper concludes that when utilized effectively, restorative justice has transformational effects on people, relationships and communities.

Relation to the Criminal Justice System
Restorative Justice Background
Early Restorative Justice in the Corrections System
Modern Restorative Justice in Corrections

From the Paper:

"Restorative Justice has been looked upon as being a new twist on Criminal Justice in our society, with a new emphasis on making victims, offenders and communities better and stronger following crimes committed. Rather than just seeing that there was a crime committed and that a criminal needs to be put away from his or her wrongdoing, Restorative Justice goes further to recognize that there many other people effected by the crime; simply seeing a prisoner behind bars will not fix all of the wounds opened when the original crime was committed. This type of justice attempts to get whole communities involved in the Criminal Justice system so that they can play an active role in their rehabilitation. This can help victims of crimes to re-gain a sense of control over their lives and make sure that they don't again feel like victims to a system that does not involve them or include them. According to Zehr (2002), "Victims often feel like control has been taken away from them by the offenses they've experienced- control over their properties, their bodies, their emotions, their dreams. Involvement in their own cases as they go through the justice process can be an important way to return a sense of empowerment to them" (p. 15)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Centre forJustice & Reconciliation. (2008). What is Restorative Justice?. Retrieved from
  • Downen, D. P. (2011). Restorative Justice: Transforming Corrections. Retrieved from
  • Independence Hall Association. (1995-2012). Eastern State Penitentiary. Retrieved from
  • PFI Centre for Justice and Reconciliation. (1996-2012). Restorative Justice Online. Retrieved from
  • Prison Fellowship. (2012). Justice Fellowship. Retrieved from

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