Dialogue as Restoration

Lois Presser, University of Tennessee

According to restorative justice theory, justice consists in repairing harms caused by crime as well as harms that promote crime. Beyond material harms that require repair, there are moral and psychological issues facing individuals, communities, and societies in the aftermath of crime. In this paper I argue that the fundamental restorative justice practice of earnest dialogue is itself an early stage of repair. I apply a phenomenological approach to justice in critically evaluating restorative justice practices at the micro level

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