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Author Cornwell, David J.

Title Criminal punishment and restorative justice : past, present, and future perspectives / David J. Cornwell ; with a foreword by Tony Cameron ; contributions by Fred McElrea, John R. Blad, Robert B. Cormier
Published Winchester, U.K. : Waterside Press ; Portland, Or. : North American distributor, International Specialised Book Services, 2006
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Contents Crime and criminology: general considerations -- The classical debate -- Retribution and desert: vengeance or justice? -- Deterrence: reality, illusion or deception? -- Reform and rehabilitation: one proposition or two? -- Penology for modern times: does restorative justice provide a synthesis of punishment theories? -- Criminal punishment: is there an inclusive theory? -- New horizons: international perspectives on restorative justice -- Restorative justice a New Zealand perspective / F.W.M. (Fred) McElrea -- The seductiveness of punishment and the case for restorative justice: the Netherlands / John R. Blad -- Where there's a will there's a way: a Canadian perspective on restorative justice / Robert B. Cormier -- Conclusions: where from here?
Summary If the voice of restorative justice is to resonate more widely RJ must demonstrate that it will deliver better justice in a modern-day context. This book sets out to establish the credentials of RJ for this - as a force for change at criminological, penal and everyday, practical levels. The book provides a refreshing analysis of the inherent divide between punitive and restorative approaches to questions of criminal justice. Looks at matters that serve to restrict more active and enthusiastic adoption of principles of restorative justice so that RJ tends to be constrained to a secondary role on the margins of criminal justice development. It examines claims to mainstream consideration against the backdrop of traditional justifications for punishment - and, in an era when increasing use of custodial and other punitive methods is a growing worldwide, questions communities would not be far better served by a more emphatic and early shift in favour of restorative methods. The book provides an international perspective re the potential of restorative justice to deliver an altogether more enlightened approach towards dealing with offenders and victims. It argues that the use of custody can be reduced by challenging offenders to take responsibility for their offences and to make reparation for their wrong-doing. It seeks to consign to history the fallacies and false horizons of traditional thinking in favour of a principled, more purposeful use of sanctions. Criminal Punishment and Restorative Justice pulls no punches in its criticism of traditional approaches and their failure to achieve crime prevention. David Cornwell appraises the potential of restorative justice to make 'corrections' more effective, civilised, humane, pragmatic and non-fanciful - by looking at 'bedrock issues' in contemporary criminology and penology and demonstrate that RJ offers no 'soft options', rather the demands of remorse, acceptance of responsibility, and the repairing of harm done. It makes the case for the radical overhaul of existing approaches on the basis of principle not political expediency
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 178-186) and index
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Subject Criminal justice, Administration of -- Philosophy.
Punishment -- Philosophy.
Restorative justice.
Form Electronic book
Author Blad, John R.
Cormier, Robert B.
McElrea, F. W. M.
ISBN 1281124427
1906534101 (electronic bk.)
9781906534103 (electronic bk.)