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Community sanctions for harmful behavior
are generally a more effective deterrent than
legal sanctions. The response to the question of whether sanctioning, •
rehabilitative, or protective functions should be left
to the professionals must draw both on the principles •
and theory of restorative justice, as well as on
consideration of practical implementation concerns.
Restorative justice is based on the principle that
“justice” cannot be adequately served without the
involvement of the community. It is based on the assumption that protection, sanctioning, and
rehabilitation will be incomplete if the community is on the sideline. Regarding practical
implementation, Restorative Justice shares with community policing a basic trust in the ability of
citizens to make effective contributions, as well as in the necessity and appropriateness of
community involvement. The issue, as community policing efforts are demonstrating, is one of
how to engage citizens in the justice process, to give them a “stake” in participating, and to
define meaningful and appropriate participatory roles. Restorative justice, in defining...
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- Spring '10