Restorative Justice Practice

Elizabeth Beck and Andrea Wood

in Social Work and Restorative Justice

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394641
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863365 | DOI:
Restorative Justice Practice

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This chapter discusses the four major restorative practices: victim-offender dialogues, family group conferences, peacemaking circles, and truth and reconciliation commissions. It offers individuals who have not participated in a restorative practice the opportunity to envision each of the processes from preparation through follow-through. While the practices highlighted are often used in the aftermath of crime, all of them can be adapted to addressing wrongdoing in a number of other contexts. Examined for each of the descriptions are foundational principles that underpin the practice, an overview of the preparation, the process of the actual encounter, and follow up. Finally, the chapter offers some thoughts about why the process can be so effective.

Keywords: restorative justice practices; victim-offender dialogue; family group conferencing; peacemaking circles; truth and reconciliation commissions; crime; foundational principles

Chapter.  11498 words. 

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