Restorative Justice and the Criminal Justice System

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Restorative Justice 1

Restorative Justice and the Criminal Justice System
Jeffrey A. McGhee
Survey of Public Safety Issues, Theory and Concepts

501 West Northern Parkway
Baltimore, Maryland 21210
Telephone: 410-323-7452
Instructor: Kenneth Szymkowiak

Restorative Justice 2 The modern field of restorative justice developed in the 1970’s from case experiments in several communities with a proportionately sizable Mennonite population. Mennonites and other practitioners in Ontario, Canada, and later in Indiana, experimented with victim offender encounters that led to programs in these communities and later became models for programs throughout the
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Various committees were developed to study a multitude of issues. One committee was formed to make recommendations concerning restitution to victims, community service work and the department’s sentence to service program. One of the recommendations made was to form a sitting committee that came to be called the Restorative Justice Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. It was chaired by John McLagan, Sentence to Service Director [ (Minnesota Department of Corrections Restorative Justice Iniative) ]. Restorative Justice 5
The first meeting of the Restorative Justice Ad Hoc Advisory Committee took place on September 26, 1990. In November of 1991 the Ad Hoc Committee sponsored the first training session on restorative justice at the Minnesota Corrections Association statewide training conference. On February 2, 1994, Kay Pranis from the Minnesota Citizens Council began her first day on the job as Restorative Justice Planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. She reported to John McLagan, Director of the Sentence to Service Program. Minnesota was the first state in the United States to establish a fulltime Restorative Justice Planner within a department of corrections [ (Minnesota Department of Corrections Restorative Justice Iniative) ].
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