Reforming Ourselves First: Personal Transformation and Peacemaking Criminology

John Randolph Fuller, State University of West Georgia

In Fuller's Criminal Justice: A Peacemaking Perspective four levels of peacemaking activities are identified. These levels are Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, Institution/Societal, and Global/International. This paper will concentrate on the Intrapersonal and Interpersonal level. Specifically, it deals with how our concepts of self are related to the relationships we develop with other. Drawing on the works of Braswell, Pepinsky, Quinney, and Gandhi the paper attempts to show how our relationships are grounded in being mindful of our attitudes toward outselves. The roles of religion, humanism and spiritually are linked to how we each envision crime and justice. Gun control, drug legislation, domestic violence, and capital punishment are used as issues to further explore the relationship between personal transformation and peacemaking criminology.

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