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Leading the Criminal Justice Reform with Restorative Justice Short Course

Though it defies the capture of a single definition, in general, restorative justice conceives of crime primarily as harm to individuals and relationships, and it aims to provide healing and restoration to crime survivors by facilitating processes that enable the responsible party to take accountability for and repair the harm they caused. This course provides an overview of the principles and practice of restorative justice, focusing on its applications in the context of criminal law. Topics covered include descriptions of various restorative justice models and programs operating across the United States and the globe; rationales supporting the use of restorative justice and processes as a complement to, or substitute for, criminal justice and processes; criticisms of the theory and practice of restorative justice; potential legal challenges associated with its application in the criminal context; and the roles of legal professionals in restorative justice. Students will also observe a live demonstration of a restorative justice conference and will practice participating in restorative justice conferences in a mock setting. Pass/Fail. Enrollment limited.