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New Directions in Restorative Justice by Robert Gordon, Elizabeth Elliott

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Introduction

Restorative justice and best practices

Elizabeth Elliott and Robert M. Gordon

In the past 30 years, the beliefs and practices that together have become known as ‘restorative justice’ have re-energised the research and policy dialogues in the fields of criminology and public policy. Understood in various ways and on different terrains, restorative justice is found in practices as diverse as criminal justice system diversion programmes and other alternative measures, and in conflict resolution strategies addressing both school discipline issues and changes in school culture aimed at reducing conflict. Restorative justice has been seen both as a guiding philosophy for the practices of making and keeping peace in communities, and as ...

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