Making Amends: Mediation and Reparation in Criminal Justice

Synopsis

Reparation, or making amends, is an ancient theme in criminal justice. It was revived in both Europe and North America in the 1980s as a practical alternative both to retributivism, and to the various utilitarian projects traditionally associated with retributive justice. Making Amends examines the practice of these schemes in the UK, USA, and Germany, and shows how criminal justice institutions were unresponsive to these attempts to cast justice in a new form. Yet the experiments reflected an abiding dissatisfaction with criminal courts and with the manner in which justice is conceived and expressed withinnbsp; the criminal framework. The authors' conclusions therefore have implications for the workings of the criminal justice system as a whole.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Heinz Messmer1
  • Mark S. Umbreit
  • Robert B. Coates1
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1992