Restorative Justice: A Systematic Review of the Social Work Literature

  title={Restorative Justice: A Systematic Review of the Social Work Literature},
  author={E. Gumz and Cynthia L. Grant},
  journal={Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services},
  pages={119 - 126}
Restorative justice is an alternative paradigm for dealing with the effects of crime and wrongdoing that seeks to bring healing to victims, offenders, and the community. Although a key element of social work's ethical code is the obligation to work toward social justice, this has been viewed primarily as efforts to ensure a fair distribution of resources and opportunities. Yet justice is also restorative in nature–-seeking to restore and enhance victims, offenders, and communities to fuller… Expand
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