Relational Justice by Nicola Baker & Jonathan Burnside

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Relational justice is a fresh vision of what doing justice means in a society where relationships are being undermined and undervalued. It turns the spotlight on one of the goals of justice which is to restore and repair human relationships damaged by crime.

Relational Justice grew out of a concern to re-examine the meaning of justice in the light of biblical teaching, and to identify the relevance of Christian principles to our criminal justice system. By viewing crime as primarily an offence by one person against another, and only secondarily as an offence against the state, Relational Justice highlights many neglected aspects of justice. It contends that a central goal of the criminal justice system should be to make every effort to repair the relationship between offender and victim.

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November, 1994

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  1. Lewis says:

    Thanks for your good work. I’m interested to learn more about how Relational Justice owes something to the 45 year development of restorative justice in N. American, since so many of the basic concepts are parallel to RJ. Moreover, the seminal impulse for the development of victim offender reconciliation programs largely grew out of the church world with biblical concepts at the center.

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