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231.8 sec. 1 - Restorative Justice (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Mary Louise Frampton (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 141
Course Start: January 12, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 51185
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49594
In this seminar we will explore both the theory and the practice of restorative justice, an alternative approach to the retributive justice model of our present criminal law system. By viewing crime as a violation against the victim and the community as well as the state and by focusing on the offender's obligation to repair the damage caused by the offense, the restorative justice model involves the victim, the offender, the family, and the community in a search for solutions. Because its goal is restoration, the model emphasizes offender accountability to the victim and the community rather than mere punishment and fosters re-integration of the offender into society. The course will discuss the philosophy and history of restorative justice, the use of restorative justice models in other countries and cultures, the application of restorative justice principles to both juvenile and adult offenders in the United States, the use of restorative justice techniques in educational and domestic settings when violence occurs, and reparations movements in South Africa and the United States. We will also examine whether restorative justice approaches can reduce the over-incarceration of people of color in the juvenile and adult justice systems and whether transformative justice holds more promise than restorative justice in communities of color. We will be doing field work and researching local restorative justice programs and developing best practices.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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