Support for Restorative Justice in a Sample of U.S. University Students

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Abstract

Theories of restorative justice suggest that the practice works best when offenders are enmeshed in multiple interdependencies or attachments to others and belong to a culture that facilitates communitarianism instead of individualism. Restorative justice principles and practices are thus believed to be incongruent with the individualistic culture and legal system of the United States, especially compared with that of nations like Australia and Japan. Using a nonprobability convenience sample of students enrolled in a large public university in the United States, our study examines attitudes toward restorative justice as a fair and just process for reintegrating offenders and meeting the needs of victims. Results indicate that our sample holds less punitive attitudes than citizens in either Australia or Japan. Our findings are discussed in light of recent policy shifts in the United States that suggest a concerted move toward decarceration following the 2008 recession.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

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Social Justice
Students
Japan
Social Responsibility
Practice Guidelines
Restorative Justice
US Universities
Offenders

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology

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