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'Restorative' justice: Use of apologies in criminal law (access required)

The juvenile and domestic relations court in Harrisonburg is involved in an experiment in "restorative justice." In certain cases chosen by the judge, the court brings offenders and their victims together with a neutral facilitator. During the meeting, the offender has an opportunity to apologize. The offender and victim then work out a written restitution agreement, which ...

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