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Legal Studies
LS 202
Frances Chapman

Restorative Justice - Built on a holistic approach to wrongdoing - The offender must admit their offence and be willing to hear how it affected another - It can involve the family and friends of the offender and the victim - The victim is empowered through-out the process - It leads to the reintegration of the offender Why use restorative justice? - Section 718.2 of the Criminal Code states that all methods of disciple should be considered for offenders - There are opportunities to apply restorative justice processes to criminal cases Adversarial System - The focus is on breaking a rule and the receiving a just consequence - Little consideration of relationship - Punishment is viewed as an effective means of altering behaviour - Accountability is defined as taking punishment - Victims and community members are peripheral to the process Restorative Justice - The offence is viewed as affecting a relationship and the community - Punishment along is not effective in changing behaviour and accountability is established by repairing harm
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