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Name:Restorative Justice
Description:This course explores methods of restorative justice in the United States and around the world. Students learn about the difference between restorative justice and retributive justice and explore the history of the restorative justice movement. Various methods of restorative justice, such as victim-offender mediation, circle sentencing, reparative boards, and family group conferences, are analyzed and their effectiveness researched. Special applications, such as clergy sexual abuse, domestic violence, and peace-making processes after wars, are examined.
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): CJ121

Course Objectives

In this course, students will: Examine the differences between retributive and restorative justice and the principles of the restorative justice movement. ? Review the history of the restorative justice movement. ? Analyze the use of restorative justice methods in the United States and around the world. ?Review the research on the effectiveness of restorative justice methods. ? Examine the conceptual objections to restorative justice. ? Examine the practical objections to applications of restorative justice. ?Propose an integrated model for a system of restorative justice that responds to the historical, conceptual and practical objections considered in this course.

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