Criminal Alternative Dispute Resolution: Restoring Justice, Respecting Responsibility, and Renewing Public Norms
Vermont Law Review, Vol. 34, 2010
34 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2009 Last revised: 15 May 2010
Date Written: December 17, 2009
This Article explores theoretical concerns underlying contemporary appeals to Alternative Dispute Resolution ("ADR") in the criminal justice system. Analyzing literature on free will and responsibility and leading work on transitional justice, I argue that a restorative justice approach to criminal ADR better accommodates the realities of social conditions that correlate with criminality while respecting deeply-held concepts of responsibility. I further argue that this approach provides a useful response to critics, such as Owen Fiss, who argue that ADR privatizes disputes, thereby failing to produce and reinforce essential public norms.
Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Justice, Punishment, Sentencing, Jurisprudence
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