Restorative Justice

This course surveys the major theoretical and applied concepts of Restorative and Community Justice. Students will examine how the Restorative and Community Justice processes differ from the traditional, retributive criminal justice system and how Restorative Justice models attempt to benefit the victim, offender and the community. Some of the issues to be covered are: informal justice practices, reintegrative shaming, forgiveness and resentment, and the efficacy of Restorative and Community Justice initiatives. Additionally, students may have opportunities to interact with adjudicated youth from New Jersey's Restorative Justice Project.