V: Rewriting and reclaiming history : an analysis of the emergence of restorative justice in western criminal justice systems

Richards, Kelly (2009) V: Rewriting and reclaiming history : an analysis of the emergence of restorative justice in western criminal justice systems. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 5(1), pp. 104-128.

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Abstract

During the last three decades, restorative justice has emerged in numerous localities around the world as an accepted approach to responding to crime. This article, which stems from a doctoral study on the history of restorative justice, provides a critical analysis of accepted histories of restorative practices. It revisits the celebrated historical texts of the restorative justice movement, and re-evaluates their contribution to the emergence of restorative justice measures. It traces the emergence of the term 'restorative justice', and reveals that it emerged in much earlier writings than is commonly thought to be the case by scholars in the restorative justice field. It also briefly considers some 'power struggles' in relation to producing an accepted version of the history of restorative justice, and scholars' attempts to 'rewrite history' to align with current views on restorative justice. Finally, this article argues that some histories of restorative justice selectively and inaccurately portray key figures from the history of criminology as restorative justice supporters. This, it is argued, gives restorative justice a false lineage and operates to legitimise the widespread adoption of restorative justice around the globe.

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ID Code: 64617
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: Law--Criminal Law, Criminal justice, Restorative justice, Domestic violence, History
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Centre for the Study of Crime, Restorative Justice and Community Safety
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2013 01:36
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 02:40

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