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Social Work and Restorative JusticeSkills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation$
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Elizabeth Beck, Nancy P. Kropf, and Pamela Blume Leonard

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394641

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.001.0001

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An Introduction to Restorative Justice

An Introduction to Restorative Justice

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(p.31) Chapter Three An Introduction to Restorative Justice
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Social Work and Restorative Justice
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Pamela Blume Leonard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.003.0003

This chapter explores critical topic areas required for an introduction to restorative justice and social work. Specifically, it seeks to answer the questions: What is restorative justice? How did it come to being? What are its present applications? Next the chapter explores the foundation of restorative justice, namely its values and principles. It then examines restorative justice as a practice and describes the major restorative justice responses such as victim-offender dialogue and interactions with juvenile offenders which brought about the field of restorative justice. The chapter includes information from theory and practice and findings from empirical studies. It then reviews both the strengths of restorative justice as described in the literature as well as the arguments made by its detractors, and postulates the next steps.

Keywords:   restorative justice theory, restorative justice practice, victim-offender dialogue, juvenile justice, definitions of restorative justice, history of restorative justice, Howard Zehr

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