Restorative Justice in the 21st Century

2 contrary impulses between punishment and

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Unformatted text preview: done - to the victim and the community. 2. Contrary impulses between punishment and rehabilitation - Restorative justice replaces the focus on punishment (as measured by pain inflicted) with a focus on accountability, as measured by taking responsibility. Such accountability is not in conflict with, and in fact supports, rehabilitation. 3. Victim frustration and alienation - Restorative justice provides for victim involvement and victim focus. 4. Public expectation that the criminal justice system will control crime - Restorative justice has a goal of reparation and would measure outcomes based on the question: To what degree has the harm been repaired? Restorative Justice would reject the assumption that sanctions can or should be a major influence in crime control; a restorative policy would force a rethinking of crime reduction strategies.” 5. Failure of increasing punishment to change behavior - Restorative justice is not premised on an assumption that punishment will change behavior and therefor...
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