CRIM 2652 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Restorative Justice

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The symbol of restorative justice is the circle-implies relationships of equality and mutual respect(take for example sentencing circles and aboriginal peoples" approach in sentencing) Equality, respect, and balance are the key values in restorative justice. Restorative justice: involves those who have a stake in the specific offence to address harm, needs, etc. Restorative justice deals with reconceptualizing what a crime is. The implication is that the crime is an offence against the crown; state. Proponents of restorative justice seek to bring human relations back into the criminal event and the disputes that arise out of criminal conduct. Crime is a violation of people and relationships between people. Restorative justice processes seeks to restore those relationships. S. 718 2. e opens up the possibility of the implementation of alternative and restorative forms of sentencing. In the late 1990s, early 2000s, there was an enthusiasm for restorative justice which was largely a result of popular disillusionment with the criminal justice system.

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