Canadian Policing Research Catalogue

Restorative justice and policing in Canada [electronic resource] : bringing the community into focus / Margaret Shaw and Frederick Jané.

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Canadian Policing Research



Alternate Title

Justice réparatrice et maintien de l'ordre au Canada : centrer l'attention sur la collectivité.




Includes bibliographical references.


1 online resource (xi, 76 p.)


"Final report submitted to the RCMP and OPP".
Also published in French under title: Justice réparatrice et maintien de l'ordre au Canada : centrer l'attention sur la collectivité.
"August 1998."
Description based on print version record.


This report discusses the development of restorative justice practices in Canada and elsewhere. It considers the historical development of restorative justice ideas, the underlying philosophy and goals of the movement and the characteristics of the main practices; the development of restorative practices in Canada and current initiatives; the benefits and limitations of restorative justice; and some of the wider issues concerning the role of the police in the use of restorative justice, particularly at the pre-charge stage.


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1. What is restorative justice? -- 2. Origins and development of restorative justice -- 2.1. Early restorative practices -- 2.2. The resurrection of restitution and reconciliation -- 2.2.1. Conflicts as property -- 2.2.2. Victim-offenders reconciliation programmes -- 2.2.3. Community and neighbourhood justice centres -- 2.3. The emergence of the community model of restorative justice -- 2.3.1. Family groups conferences: reintegration ceremonies -- 3. The Canadian experience: the evolution of restorative justice in Canada -- 3.1. Aboriginal justice -- 3.2. Sentencing circles -- 3.3. Positioning the police: the emergence of community policing and its links with restorative justice -- 3.4. Current developments -- 4. The benefits and limitations of restorative justice and development issues -- 5. Challenges for the police and communities in Canada -- 5.1. Community policing and restorative justice -- 5.1.1. Changing police culture and practice -- 5.1.2. Training and stability -- 5.1.3. The policing environment -- 5.1.4. The police role in conferencing -- 5.1.5. Developing partnerships and inter-agency link with the community -- 5.2. Developing and delivering restorative justice.

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