chapter  12
Restorative Justice
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INTRODUCTION Bazemore and Maloney (1994) argue that restorative justice should be the theme in a new paradigm for criminal and juvenile justice in general and probation in particular (see also, Bazemore and Schiff, 2005). In contrast to the dominant theme of retributive justice, which focuses on vengeance, deterrence, and punishment, restorative justice “is concerned with repairing the damage or harm done to victims and the community through a process of negotiation, mediation, victim empowerment, and reparation” (Bazemore and Maloney, 1994:28; for a similar defi nition, see Ward and Langlands, 2008). As one commentator puts it, “restorative justice is about relationships-how relationships are harmed by crime and how they can be rebuilt to promote recovery and healing for people affected by crime” (Kurki, 2000:266).