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To reform or to abolish? Christian perspectives on punishment, prison, and restorative justice
From the Ave Maria Law Review article by Jordan J. Ballor: In this Essay, I will attempt to fill in a gap in preceding studies of restorative justice by paying special attention to the religious, most specifically to the Christian, perspectives on restorative justice. I will show that it is more accurate to speak of a plurality of restorative justice movements than of a unified and univocal restorative justice movement, particularly with respect to the variety of Christian approaches. In delineating the various Christian perspectives on restorative justice, I will use as a primary litmus test the various figures’ attitudes toward government coercion and punishment, most particularly with regard to incarceration, detention, and imprisonment. Attitudes toward prison provide an excellent way to map out the restorative justice landscape.
Lessons in mercy: Justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of atrocities
From Daniel Philpott's article in America: It is only natural that the Catholic Church would take an interest in reconciliation. At the source and summit of Christian life is the Eucharist, the sacramental re-enactment of the event through which sin, evil and death are defeated and friendship with God and justice are restored. Is not peacebuilding an imitation of just this transformation? And does not a global wave of societies struggling to restore justice make the present moment a propitious one for the church to offer a teaching on social reconciliation, just as it has offered teachings on war, economic development and democracy in past encyclicals?
Howard Zehr's "Restorative justice three's"
from Howard's blog: To summarize restorative justice as a way of addressing wrongdoing, we might put it in a series of “threes:”
Friday discussion: Explaining restorative justice
Imagine you are on an elevator in a reasonably tall building. An acquaintance who knows about your interest in restorative justice gets on. In 30 seconds the elevator will arrive at the first floor. "So," the person says, "exactly what is restorative justice?"