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A Restorative Justice Reader

2nd Edition

Edited by Gerry Johnstone


480 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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A Restorative Justice Reader brings together carefully chosen extracts from the most important and influential contributions to the literature of restorative justice, accompanying these with an informative commentary providing context and explanation. It includes works by both well known advocates of restorative justice and by some of the key critics of the restorative justice movement.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised to take account of the rapid expansion of the literature of restorative justice over the last decade. Classical readings are accompanied by more recent literature representing the most significant contributions to research, discussion and debate concerning restorative justice.


Whether you are new to restorative justice or not, this second edition of Johnstone's Reader is a fantastic and valuable resource. It has many new selections from varied perspectives, and showcases restorative justice as a dynamic, evolving, and serious field of scholarship and practice.

Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Gerry Johnstone has prepared an excellent collection of texts on restorative justice that is an indispensable resource to students of restorative justice throughout the world. This edition is not merely updated from his excellent first edition but includes important new material from recent research and writing as well. This is an invaluable addition to any collection on the topic.

Daniel W. Van Ness, executive director of the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation at Prison Fellowship International.

Table of Contents

Part A: Overviews and early inspirations Introduction 1. A new paradigm arises2. The meaning of restorative justice3. Retributive justice, restorative justice4. Conflicts as property5. Restitution: a new paradigm of criminal justice6. Restorative justice and a better future Part B: Practices, applications and their rationales Introduction 7. The Kitchener experiment8. Encounter9. The future of mediation10. Strategy for Community Conferences: Emotions and Social Bonds11. Peacemaking circles12. Navajo restorative justice: the law of equality and justice13. Restorative justice and prisons14. Restorative justice and police-led cautioning practice15. Restorative justice, gendered violence, and indigenous women16. Responding to hate crimes through restorative justice dialogue17. Restorative justice and reparationsPart C: Philosophies and values Introduction 18. Returning to the Teachings19. Needs-based justice as restorative20. Seeking socio-ethical grounds for restorative justice21. Restorative justice and the philosophical theories of criminal punishmentPart D: Evaluating restorative justice Introduction 22. Evaluation and restorative justice principles23. Does restorative justice work?24. Restorative justice: the evidence25. Reducing recidivism: a task for restorative justice26 Repair or revenge?Part E: Controversies and critical issues Introduction 27. Restorative justice: the real story28. Responsibilities, rights and restorative justice 29. The virtues of restorative processes, the vices of ‘restorative justice’30. Some sociological reflections on restorative justice31. Justice anew32. The seductive vision of restorative justice.

About the Editor

Gerry Johnstone is Professor of Law and Research Director at the University of Hull.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology