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Restorative justice: promises and pathways

Carol Hayden and Dennis Gough

in Implementing restorative justice in children's residential care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426482
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426482.003.0001
Restorative justice: promises and pathways

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This chapter reviews some of the main themes within the vast literature on restorative justice (RJ). It traces the rise of the concept and the main areas where RJ is seen as a more satisfactory way to respond to harmful and criminal behaviour than the conventional criminal justice system. It looks at the various guises that the paradigm has taken to date, focusing on key values, processes and outcomes required for a thorough understanding of how to conceptualise RJ. The chapter highlights some of the key evidence about impact and outcomes, noting an increased emphasis on reducing recidivism in policy formulations of the approach, as well as reviews of the available research. It also explores the place of RJ within contemporary youth justice systems. Finally, the chapter considers the specific application of RJ and the context of the current research — children's residential care.

Keywords: restorative justice; residential care; children; youth justice; criminal behaviour; recidivism; criminal justice

Chapter.  6793 words.  Illustrated.

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