Imagining Success for a Restorative Approach to Justice: Implications for Measurement and Evaluation

36:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 281

37 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2014

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Jennifer Llewellyn

Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Bruce P. Archibald

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Donald Clairmont

Dalhousie University

Diane Crocker

Saint Mary's University, Canada

Date Written: March 28, 2014

Abstract

Whether restorative justice is “successful,” or not, is a complex question. Attempts to answer this question by practitioners, professionals, and scholars have often been bounded by common notions of success in standard criminal justice terms. The authors of this paper suggest that if restorative justice is properly understood in terms of its focus on relationship, success should be measured on new and different dimensions. This paper seeks to bring a relational imagination to the scholarly effort of capturing the essence of restorative justice and figuring out how to assess its successes and failures. The authors offer a foundation and agenda for future research and development of a relational approach to assessment.

Keywords: Restorative Justice, Canada, Criminal Law

Suggested Citation

Llewellyn, Jennifer and Archibald, Bruce P. and Clairmont, Donald and Crocker, Diane, Imagining Success for a Restorative Approach to Justice: Implications for Measurement and Evaluation (March 28, 2014). 36:2 Dalhousie Law Journal 281, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417301

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Bruce P. Archibald

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Donald Clairmont

Dalhousie University ( email )

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Diane Crocker

Saint Mary's University, Canada ( email )

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