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​Indigenous development of neighbourhood-restorative community justice

Author(s) Gilbert, Michael J. and Tanya L. Settles
Title Indigenous development of neighbourhood-restorative community justice
Source Criminal Justice Review; March 2007; Vol 32; No. 1; p5-25
Date 2007
Document type Journal article
Summary This article promotes the blending of restorative justice and community justice theories to lead to the indigenous development of neighbourhood-restorative community justice. A number of existing programs are briefly reviewed, including the Reintegrative Shaming Experiments, a police-administered program in Canberra, Australia; the Community Court Program, a court-administered program in Portland, Oregon; and the corrections-administered program administered by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It is proposed that neighbourhood-community-restorative justice should be indigenous to the relevant neighbourhoods and not imposed from the outside, but rather emerging from discussions in the neighbourhood. The role of the government would be to provide support and facilitation but would not direct or own the process. The aims of neighbourhood community justice would include improving social conditions and promoting public safety and reinforcing local restorative processes.
Keywords Restorative justice; community justice; neighbourhoods; criminal justice system; safety; victims; offenders
Topic Restorative justice