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New Directions in Restorative Justice by Robert Gordon, Elizabeth Elliott

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Chapter 12

Penetrating the walls: implementing a system-wide restorative justice approach in the justice system

Don Clairmont

Abstract

In November 1999, after several years of pre-implementation planning and extensive discussions among both non-profit agencies delivering alternative measures and leaders at all levels of the justice system, Nova Scotia launched its ambitious restorative justice initiative. The central objective was to have the restorative justice approach operationalised in different strategic ways, phased in by offender status and by region, and applicable to all offences and all offenders throughout the province. Compared with other Canadian restorative justice initiatives, the Nova Scotia model is unusual not only in its scope ...

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