Community Participation in Restorative Justice: Rituals, Reintegration, and Quasi-Professionalization

Meredith Rossner*, Jasmine Bruce

*Corresponding author for this work

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Community has long been identified as the key third party in restorative justice processes. However, when it comes to both theorizing community in restorative justice and the actual practice of community participation, conceptual clarity is lacking. A careful reading of the sociological literature on restorative justice and community point to two main reasons why we want to encourage community participation: the creation of effective ritual and offender reintegration. In this article, we present findings from an empirical study of conferencing. We explore varieties of community participation and discuss the benefits and tensions that arise when community participation becomes a formalized element of a mainstream restorative justice practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-125
Number of pages19
JournalVictims and Offenders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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