Restorative Justice Programs in Lean Times: A Critical Analysis of Policy Decisionmaking

Shela R. Van Ness, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

ABSTRACT
A survey was conducted with more than 200 public and privately funded restorative justice programs in the United States and Canada, and examination of budgets in those states and provinces, indicate waning monetary support for restorative justice services. This trend is examined from a cost-effectiveness perspective, and then from a radical perspective situated in the present socio-political climate of North American culture. Important differences emerge between responses to fiscal crisis in Canada and the United States.

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