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2nd Edition

A Restorative Justice Reader

Edited By

Gerry Johnstone

ISBN 9780415672344
Published January 25, 2013 by Willan
480 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Part A: Overviews and early inspirations  Introduction  1. A new paradigm arises  2. The meaning of restorative justice  3. Retributive justice, restorative justice  4. Conflicts as property  5. Restitution: a new paradigm of criminal justice  6. Restorative justice and a better future  Part B: Practices, applications and their rationales  Introduction  7. The Kitchener experiment  8.  Encounter  9. The future of mediation  10. Strategy for Community Conferences: Emotions and Social Bonds  11. Peacemaking circles  12. Navajo restorative justice: the law of equality and justice  13. Restorative justice and prisons  14. Restorative justice and police-led cautioning practice  15. Restorative justice, gendered violence, and indigenous women  16. Responding to hate crimes through restorative justice dialogue  17. Restorative justice and reparations  Part C: Philosophies and values  Introduction  18. Returning to the Teachings  19. Needs-based justice as restorative  20. Seeking socio-ethical grounds for restorative justice  21. Restorative justice and the philosophical theories of criminal punishment  Part D: Evaluating restorative justice  Introduction  22. Evaluation and restorative justice principles  23. Does restorative justice work?  24. Restorative justice: the evidence  25. Reducing recidivism: a task for restorative justice  26 Repair or revenge?  Part E: Controversies and critical issues  Introduction  27. Restorative justice: the real story  28. Responsibilities, rights and restorative justice  29. The virtues of restorative processes, the vices of ‘restorative justice’  30. Some sociological reflections on restorative justice  31. Justice anew  32. The seductive vision of restorative justice.

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


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.