The paradox of forgiveness in restorative justice

Marilyn Peterson Armour, Mark S. Umbreit

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Restorative justice has emerged internationally as a viable response to the harm caused by crime. As an alternative to systems that focus nearly exclusively on retributive justice, it seeks to elevate the role of crime victims and community members, hold offenders directly accountable to the people they have violated, and restore the emotional and material losses of victims. It provides a range of opportunities for dialogue, negotiation, and problem solving that can lead to a greater sense of community safety, conflict resolution, and healing for all involved (Umbreit, 2001). Most restorative justice practitioners use a humanistic approach to mediation that is dialogue-rather than settlement-driven.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Forgiveness
EditorsE. Worthington
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781135410889
ISBN (Print)9780415949491
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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