Research / Themes / Social justice / Restorative justice

Over the last several decades, criminologists and justice practitioners have been working to elaborate alternative paradigms and models of justice that might contribute more to individual and community well-being than conventional criminal justice approaches. Among the emerging orientations receiving attention around the globe are restorative and community justice. Our work in this area focuses on contributing to the greater understanding of these perspectives by exploring ways in which the terms are being used and elaborating principles and other key elements of the theories supporting them.

Related faculty

M. Kay Harris
Jennifer Wood

Selected publications

Wood, J., Shearing, C. and Froestad, J. (in press) Restorative justice and nodal governance. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice.

Harris, M. Kay (2006) Transformative justice: The transformation of restorative justice, pp. 555-566 in Sullivan, D. & Tifft, L. [eds.] Handbook of Restorative Justice: A Global Perspective. Routledge: New York, NY.

Harris, M. Kay (2005) In search of common ground: The importance of theoretical orientations in criminology and criminal Justice, Criminology and Public Policy, Volume 4, Issue 2: 311-328.

Harris, M. Kay (2004) An expansive, transformative view of restorative justice, Contemporary Justice Review, Volume 7, Issue 1: 117-141.

Harris, M. Kay (2004) Moving into the new millennium: Toward a feminist vision of justice. pp. 392-405 in Hancock, B. & Sharp, PM [eds.] Public Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice (3rd ed.). Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.