Restorative Justice : The Justice System

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Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System Nathan Tabita Columbia College Abstract Throughout this paper, various articles will be discussed in further detail on the issue of restorative justice within the criminal justice system in the United States. Both benefits and disadvantages of restorative justice will be analyzed, in order to have a greater understanding of the alternative justice program, and to remove any preconceived ideas unsubstantiated by facts. Focus will be on topics such as what restorative justice is, followed by how it reduces the number of suspensions and disciplinary actions required by schools to manage offenders. These programs in schools give students various life skills needed to solve and manage problems rather than resorting to violence and crime. It will also be noted how there are those who dispute that restorative justice as a powerless alternative in which change is never achieved. Additionally, successful programs currently in place will be examined, which will shed light on both sides of the spectrum, to allow one to make an educated decision on whether or not the program is an effective and necessary one or not. Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System When hearing about restorative justice, one can have various ideas or assumptions of what this means based in either personal experiences or preconceived ideas. Allen, Latessa, and Ponder define restorative justice as a theory of justice
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