Restorative Justice

Restoration is a metaphor

& Restorative Justice.

In an earlier blog entry I discussed the importance of metaphor and promised to say more about how this applies to justice. Here, finally, are more thoughts on metaphors and justice. The following points are inspired by James Geary’s book, I Is An Other:  The Secret Life or Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way… Read more »

Beware of labels

& Peacebuilding, Photography, Restorative Justice.

Recently I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a friend of some 20 years.  Tyrone Werts is a wise man, a leader, an inspiration to many, who has spent years organizing and helping to sustain others.  He has long been actively engaged in efforts to reduce violence in society. Tyrone Werts, early 1990s… Read more »

Good and bad victims?

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Is a victim of crime who values restorative justice welcome in the restorative justice community only if s/he “works for” forgiveness? How is a victim of crime who believes in healing for both victim and offender, but continues to struggle with her/his understanding of justice, supported by restorative justice groups and associations?  Are victims invited… Read more »

A needle for the restorative justice compass

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In my last blog post I summarized Dorothy Vaandering’s concern that without an understanding of the term “justice,” restorative justice may be a compass without a needle.  It is important not to lose the justice dimension in restorative approaches, she suggests, but we must not allow our understandings to be unduly limited by concepts such… Read more »

Is restorative justice a compass without a needle?

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The field of restorative justice has been characterized by on-going discussions about how to define the term.  Some have argued that we should avoid definitions because of the rigidity they bring.  Others have claimed that ambiguity and uncertainty have led to confusion and bad practice. Many have advised that we drop the term “justice” entirely…. Read more »