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Alicia Deal CJ 530 Cybersource 2 2-18-04
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Why is Victim/Offender Mediation Called Restorative Justice? Carmel Benjamin While reading Kraska's book, I was astonished how criminal justice theories neglected to acknowledge the victims of crime and their role in the criminal justice apparatus. Carmel Benjamin, at the Restoration for Victims of Crime Conference in Melbourne, Australia, discussed an alternative model, restorative justice, in which the victim places a central role in the criminal justice system and is a stark contrast to the crime control and rational/legal models of crime. Until recently the role in which victims play in the criminal justice apparatus has been essentially ignored and overlooked. Traditionally, the criminal justice system was perceived as a battleground between the alleged suspect and the government, in which case represented society, not the victims. Therefore, the criminal justice system serves two purposes: to suppress crime and to regulate those who enforce the law. Victims were just seen as tools or puppets to aid the prosecution in their crusade against the defendant. Consequently, they became victimized by the system that sought to protect them; thus resulting in “secondary victimization.”
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