Four Challenges in the Future of Restorative Justice

Victims & Offenders 2016 11(1): 149 - 172 doi: 10.1080/15564886.2016.1145610

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William Wood

Griffith University - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Masahiro Suzuki

Central Queensland University

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Restorative justice (RJ) emerged in the late 1970s as an alternative to conventional youth and criminal justice practices. Since this time, RJ has experienced rapid growth in theory and practice. At the same time, much of this growth has come from expansion in lower-end criminal justice responses to crime, and in the increasing use of the term “restorative” for a widening host of practices and interventions. RJ has also faced problems related to its increasing institutionalization, resulting in divergence from earlier aims and goals. In this paper, we set forth what we see as the four biggest challenges facing the future of RJ, namely problems related to definition, institutionalization, displacement and relevance of RJ practices. We follow with discussion of possible future directions of RJ.

Keywords: restorative justice

Suggested Citation

Wood, William and Suzuki, Masahiro, Four Challenges in the Future of Restorative Justice (2016). Victims & Offenders 2016 11(1): 149 - 172 doi: 10.1080/15564886.2016.1145610, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3158838

William Wood

Griffith University - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice ( email )

Room 3.09, Social Sciences Building (M10)
176 Messines Ridge Road, Mt Gravatt
Brisbane, QLD 4122
Australia

Masahiro Suzuki (Contact Author)

Central Queensland University ( email )

Bruce Highway
North Rockhampton, QLD 4702
Australia

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