Restorative Justice: Healing the Foundations of Our Everyday Life, 2nd Edition

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This passionate, impeccably researched essay advocates a radical alternative to the punishment reflex of the criminal justice system -- a "needs-based" model of restorative justice. Instead of defining justice in relation to peoples' "rights" or "deserts," the needs-based model strives to respond to the NEEDS of all participants. Beyond the legal system, the authors would apply this distinctive restorative justice model to conflict resolution in families, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods and other institutions.

The second edition of this well received book (which is more than 50% longer) features a comprehensive survey of the international restorative justice literatuve and a wealth of real-world applications of needs-based restorative justice. The well-documented case studies range worldwide and include: family/community conferences; sentencing circles; victim-offender mediation programs; an "inclusion" elementary school; post-civil conflict "truth commissions" in two dozen nations; and indigenous reconciliation courts in Rwanda; among many others.

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Larry Tifft and Dennis Sullivan have been collaborating on writing and activist projects about justice since 1972. They have written numerous books and articles, together and separately, and in the past several years they have founded (and edited) the journal Contemporary Justice Review and the Justice Studies Association. Dr. Tifft teaches at Central Michigan University, and Dr. Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany.

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""...a splendid, thoroughgoing book. It might, just might, bring social rebirth to a benighted scene." -- Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

"...100 percent of what the study of crime should be: an explicitly moral... exploration of harm in all... forms." -- Shadd Maruna, British Journal of Criminology (review of 1st ed.)

"...an important book that makes a theoretically fresh contribution as a transformative approach...attractive to general readers [and] experts." -- Prof. John Braithewaite, Australian National University

"...tender[s] everything from short term reforms in the direction of 'equal well-being,' to prophetic reflections for 'healing the foundations'" -- Walt Chura, Contemporary Justice Review

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