Restorative Justice

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This chapter begins with a discussion of restorative processes and restorative justice. It then argues that an antidesert agenda in large part motivates the academic originators of the “restorative justice” movement. It further argues that restorative processes are not necessarily incompatible with a system of doing justice. Certain restorative processes will be more likely to do justice better than others — in particular, those with more participants rather than fewer — and justice is more likely where restorative processes are used as an integral part of the criminal justice adjudication process rather than as a wholesale substitute for it.


restorative processes, antidesert agenda, doing justice, restorative justice

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