Understanding restorative justice: How empathy can close the gap created by crime

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Policy Press, Jul 11, 2014 - Political Science - 224 pages
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This unique book is a clear and detailed introduction that analyses how restorative justice nurtures empathy, exploring key themes such as responsibility, shame, forgiveness and closure. The core notion of the book is that when a crime is committed, it separates people, creating a ‘gap’. This can only be reduced or closed through information and insight about the other person, which have the potential to elicit empathy and compassion from both sides. The book explores this extraordinary journey from harm to healing using the structure of a timeline: from an offence, through the criminal justice process and into the heart of the restorative meeting. Using case studies, the book offers a fresh angle on a topic that is of growing interest both in the UK and internationally. It is ideal as a comprehensive introduction for those new to restorative justice and as a best practice guide for existing practitioners.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
hurting
13
1 Crime and unhappiness
15
2 The gap caused by crime
25
seeing
39
3 Entering the criminal justice system
41
4 Into the criminal courts
49
voicing
69
hearing
115
9 Indirect restorative justice
117
10 The restorative meeting
125
helping
149
11 Doing sorry
151
12 Does it always go so well?
157
healing
161
13 Into the heart of restorative justice
163

5 Unripe restorative justice
71
6 Restorative enquiry
79
7 The keys and blocks to restorative justice
89
8 Choice encouragement or coercion?
101
Conclusion
193
Further information and resources
197
Index
201
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Pete Wallis is the senior practitioner in restorative justice for Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service. He has facilitated hundreds of restorative meetings and written or co-authored several books and articles on the subject. In 2011 he set up a charity to support young crime victims, and he is a consultant for the new Restorative Services Quality Mark.

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