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Moral education in victimo ffender conferencing

Introduction If every crime represents a failure in moral learning — on the part of the offender, his/her community, and possibly the surrounding society - then every crime also presents an opportunity for moral learning. Just as the child accepting a treat is caught before running away and admonished to say 'thank you/ the offender is caught in the act of turning away from moral and legal norms and punished. The analogy holds over a broad range of aims in criminal justice: correcting the offender, restoring social order and security, repairing harm to the victim, re-affirmine moral values or rectifying a moral imbalance.c ) j c J and reminding all observers of the public will. All these aims are moral, for

This chapter argues that victim offender conferencing offers an opportunity to reevaluate and expand the educational potential of criminal justice. If victim offender conferencing offers more effective educational practice than does punishment alone, then the aims listed above can be reaffirmed more clearly as educational aims. That is, moral learning can have more priority as an outcome of the criminal justice system.