'Will the Circle be Unbroken?': Aboriginal Communities, Restorative Justice, and the Challenges of Conflict and Change (Google eBook)

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University of Toronto Press, Jun 27, 2005 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Embraced with zeal by a wide array of activists and policymakers, the restorative justice movement has made promises to reduce the disproportionate rates of Aboriginal involvement in crime and the criminal justice system and to offer a healing model suitable to Aboriginal communities. Such promises should be the focus of considerable critical analysis and evaluation, yet this kind of scrutiny has largely been absent. 'Will the Circle be Unbroken?' explores and confronts the potential and pitfalls of restorative justice, offering a much-needed critical perspective.

Drawing on their shared experiences working with Aboriginal communities, Jane Dickson-Gilmore and Carol LaPrairie examine the outcomes of restorative justice projects, paying special attention to such prominent programs as conferencing, sentencing circles, and healing circles. They also look to Aboriginal justice reforms in other countries, comparing and contrasting Canadian reforms with the restorative efforts in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

'Will the Circle be Unbroken?' provides a comprehensive overview of the critical issues in Aboriginal and restorative justice, placing these in the context of community. It examines the essential role of community in furthering both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal aspirations for restorative justice.


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PART ONEDefining the Challenges of Communities and Justice
The Theory and Reality of Communities in Aboriginal Restorative Justice
Offending Patterns and OverRepresentation
Efforts at Institutional Reform and the Rise of Restorative Approaches
Theory and Practice in Aboriginal Communities
Origins and Early Developments
Conferencing and Forums in Canadian Aboriginal Communities
PART THREECompleting the Circle and Advancing the Dialogue
What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Where Do We Go from Here in Community Restorative Justice?
CHAPTER 10Some Concluding Comments and Thoughts

Exploring the Implications for Restorative Initiatives in Disordered Environments
Sentencing Circles in Aboriginal Community Restorative Justice

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About the author (2005)

Jane Dickson-Gilmore is an associate professor in the Department of Law at Carleton University.

Carol La Prairie is a consulting criminologist and a former senior researcher with the Departments of the Solicitor General and Justice of the Government of Canada.

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