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Repairing the rupture : restorative justice and the rehabilitation of offenders

Ward, Tony and Langlands, Robyn 2009, Repairing the rupture : restorative justice and the rehabilitation of offenders, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 14, no. 3, May-June, pp. 205-214, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2009.03.001.

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Title Repairing the rupture : restorative justice and the rehabilitation of offenders
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Langlands, Robyn
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 14
Issue number 3
Season May-June
Start page 205
End page 214
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 1359-1789
1873-6335
Keyword(s) restorative justice
offender rehabilitation
good lives model
Summary Restorative justice is a social justice movement that aims to deal with consequences of crime through repairing and restoring relationships of three key stakeholders: victims, offenders, and communities. Unfortunately, it is often unclear where offender rehabilitation fits within the constructs of repair and reintegration that drive this justice paradigm. An analysis of the relationship between restorative justice theory and offender rehabilitation principles reveals tensions between the two normative frameworks and a lack of appreciation that correctional treatment programs have a legitimate role alongside restorative practices. First, we outline the basic tenets of the Risk–Need–Responsivity Model and the Good Lives Model in order to provide a brief overview of two recent models of offender rehabilitation. We then consider the claims made by restorative justice proponents about correctional rehabilitation programs and their role in the criminal justice system. We conclude that restorative justice and rehabilitation models are distinct, although overlapping, normative frameworks and have different domains of application in the criminal justice system, and that it is a mistake to attempt to blend them in any robust sense.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2009.03.001
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034237

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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