n Acta Juridica - The antinomies of restorative justice : Part III - retribution and restoration in critical perspective




Restorative justice is easily and indisputably the most exciting and fascinating recent development in the criminological field. As a self-consciously new way of doing justice, it is hardly more than 25 years old. Yet, it has captured the imagination and won the approval of large numbers of criminal justice analysts and practitioners who see in restorative justice a practicable and promising solution to the international crisis of criminality. One discerns a collective sense of relief - and belief - that finally, after so many false starts and blind alleys, there is a real possibility that the answer to one of the most intractable problems of contemporary society has been discovered. Indeed, if the proponents of the restorative justice are to be believed, their project may hold the key to solving all the serious socio-economic problems of our time. Certainly, restorative justice has rapidly acquired an imposing presence in and dramatic influence upon the world of criminal justice, and demands to be taken seriously. Whether we like it or not, this is the era of restorative justice.


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