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Created: July 6, 2004
Latest Update: July 7, 2004

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Index of Topics on Site Redefining Justice through Restorative Justice

  1. Introduction
  2. Focus:
  3. Concepts: Keywords for theory and discussion.
  4. Reading Full identification of Source for Reading.
  5. Discussion Discussion questions.
  6. Linking to Substantive Courses



Focus The focus I intended to share from my reading of this interview was on the need to establish a commnity in which we can live peacefully by recognizing that more is needed to end the daily conflicts that rightfully arise than retribution and revenge. We need to heal the community and each other. That may be an idealistic

Concepts and Key Words

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    Discussion Questions

    Conceptually Linking Restorative Justice to the Classes We Teach:

    Restorative Justice is an important factor in all our classes. It's important certainly in the field of crimnal justice, for it draws on constitutive criminology to the extent that expects us not to just to prevent through policing and enforce through incarceration; it expects us to find better alternatives, since policing and incarceration are not working. We have some of the highest rates in violence and incarceration in the developed world, and there is convincing evidence of racial bias in the system we are operating of criminal justice.

    Restorative Justice is an ever-present need in poverty areas. It is in the poverty areas of our rural and urban districts that the law works less to guide and help the poor than to protect the well-off or better-off from the poor. Restorative Justice insists that we look to people, all the people, to right the harms and to care for one another, discouraging crime in the first place, and offering both moral and economic support to those who are being or have been harmed. Even when their votes won't swing an election, and they can't afford lobbyists.

    Restorative Justice should be an ever-present guide to the law and law-makers that they are ethically and morally bound to care for all the people. The tenets of restorative justice are a good framework for analyzing our legislation in the process of formation and of enforcement. The rule of law is not unbiased. All the biases that lead to institutional and interpersonal injustice are translated into our law, and if we don't keep ourselves aware, we are complicit in denying those biases.

    Restorative Justice has pioneered many useful techniques, and borrowed others from native peoples whose systems of justice worked for the most part without incarceration. As we seek to learn governance discourse skills, these are an important source for us to draw on and to practice with. They also guarantee that we will maintain awareness of those who were pushed aside in an imperialist race to hegemony.

    Retorative Justice matters to those of you who are interested in agencies, in the administrative work of applying our laws, because if the lack of awareness of bias is harmful in the laws, it is all the more harmful in interpersonal relationships as people try to find help in righting the wrongs they perceive to have been done to them.

    Restorative Justice runs all through the study of race, gender, and class oppression and discrimination. Such oppression was only possible through a collective madness in denying that we were doing anything wrong. It is important that all of you who seek to right the wrongs of imperialist domination and hegemony understand restorative justice as presenting alternatives, that over time, might shift our paradigm of adversarial dominance.

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