Practitioner Notes: Language in the criminal justice and restorative justice systems

Journal article | June 2021 | Available for purchase & free for members


This article will compare and contrast the language used in the Criminal Justice System with the language used in the Restorative Justice Conferencing process. Through a detailed analysis of one Restorative Justice case, it will seek to reveal the consequences of the language used in both systems. It will suggest that the language of the criminal justice system has a number of unintended negative consequences, while the language used in Restorative Justice Conferencing has a transformative potential.

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We thank the author of this article Rod Holm and the journal editor Russell Thirgood for their contribution to this journal.

Tags: Criminal justice, Restorative Justice