Restorative Community Justice: The Potential to Resolve Feminist Dilemmas and Advanced Feminist Goals

Evelyn Zellerer, San Diego State University

In this paper, I discuss the interconnections between restorative community justice and feminist views of justice. I raise some of the contradictions and dilemmas that have continued to plague feminist theory and activism, particularly in terms of engaging criminal justice state institutions to respond to offending and victimization. I conclude that the restorative community justice ideal corresponds with a feminist vision of justice and, importantly, has the potential to resolve some troubling contradictions facing feminists. Feminism, on the other hand, has a vital role to play in the unfolding of the restorative ideal, particularly in terms of critical insights surrounding gender, race, class, and other structural inequalities that arise when we move from vision to reality.

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