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A Restorative Justice Reader


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Part A: Overviews and early inspirations Introduction 1. A new paradigm arises 2. The meaning of restorative justice 3. Retributive justice, restorative justice 4. Conflicts as property 5. Restitution: a new paradigm of criminal justice 6. Restorative justice and a better future Part B: Practices, applications and their rationales Introduction 7. The Kitchener experiment 8. Encounter 9. The future of mediation 10. Strategy for Community Conferences: Emotions and Social Bonds 11. Peacemaking circles 12. Navajo restorative justice: the law of equality and justice 13. Restorative justice and prisons 14. Restorative justice and police-led cautioning practice 15. Restorative justice, gendered violence, and indigenous women 16. Responding to hate crimes through restorative justice dialogue 17. Restorative justice and reparations Part C: Philosophies and values Introduction 18. Returning to the Teachings 19. Needs-based justice as restorative 20. Seeking socio-ethical grounds for restorative justice 21. Restorative justice and the philosophical theories of criminal punishment Part D: Evaluating restorative justice Introduction 22. Evaluation and restorative justice principles 23. Does restorative justice work? 24. Restorative justice: the evidence 25. Reducing recidivism: a task for restorative justice 26 Repair or revenge? Part E: Controversies and critical issues Introduction 27. Restorative justice: the real story 28. Responsibilities, rights and restorative justice 29. The virtues of restorative processes, the vices of `restorative justice' 30. Some sociological reflections on restorative justice 31. Justice anew 32. The seductive vision of restorative justice.

About the Author

Gerry Johnstone is Professor of Law and Research Director at the University of Hull.


Whether you are new to restorative justice or not, this second edition of Johnstone's Reader is a fantastic and valuable resource. It has many new selections from varied perspectives, and showcases restorative justice as a dynamic, evolving, and serious field of scholarship and practice.

Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Gerry Johnstone has prepared an excellent collection of texts on restorative justice that is an indispensable resource to students of restorative justice throughout the world. This edition is not merely updated from his excellent first edition but includes important new material from recent research and writing as well. This is an invaluable addition to any collection on the topic.

Daniel W. Van Ness, executive director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International.

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