Restorative Justice Note # 1: The Use of Restorative Justice Approaches in Criminal Matters

There is not necessarily agreement on what constitutes restorative justice or what its foundational principles are. What exists is a broad range of definitions and applications of restorative justice. Some definitions focus on programs while others focus on process or on outcomes. This occasionally leads to debates about its legitimate use and discussions about what truly distinguishes restorative justice from other approaches.

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