Violent Offenders Talk (About) Remorse: Implications for Restorative Justice

Lois Presser, University of Tennessee


Remorse is a central concept for justice theory and particularly for restorative justice. I examine expressions of remorse from qualitative interviews with men who committed violent crimes. Some men talked of feeling remorseful, while others talked about remorse, revealing critical insights about the concept as it pertains to their own experience of justice. Analysis of these discursive data is brought to bear on restorative justice practice.

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