Restorative Justice Note # 4: Restorative Justice in Matters Involving Serious Crimes

The use of restorative justice is often limited to lower level crimes and matters for which the mainstream criminal justice system has little interest. It has been observed that restorative justice tends to be “essentially a peripheral add-on to the main workings of the criminal justice system.” In some instances, this may even lead to net-widening and perhaps contribute to further marginalization of members of vulnerable groups.

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