Between Wholeness and Restoration: Theorizing Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice

Vaandering, Dorothy (2006) Between Wholeness and Restoration: Theorizing Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice. Unpublished. (Unpublished)

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Howard Zehr (2006) was half way through his presentation on Restorative Justice when he admitted his puzzlement regarding its effectiveness. As a leading North American researcher and practitioner in the field of implementing restorative justice as an alternative to the more retributive judicial system, he acknowledged that though an effective model had been created, he continued to be surprised to hear those who had experienced it say, “Restorative justice has changed my life!” Why is it that Restorative justice changes lives? he asked. In other words, he was reiterating what Marshall (1999) stated seven years earlier in an overview of theories related to restorative justice, “as it currently stands, Restorative Justice still lacks a definitive theoretical statement … whether it is capable of becoming more than just a model of practice and becoming a complete theory of justice remains to be seen” (p. 30)

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Item ID: 13611
Additional Information: This paper is currently unpublished and in draft form. If you choose to use these ideas in your work, please only refer to, copy, or quote it with my permission.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 2006
Date Type: Completion

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