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The primary aim of this book is to equip the reader with a thorough understanding of restorative justice philosophy, theory and good practice. In doing so it presents a powerful challenge to many current accounts of the criminal justice system. Charles Barton uses a unifying and overarching principle of empowerment to provide a distinct conceptual framework for restorative justice theory and practice.
He puts forward a step-by-step implementation process which includes restorative meeting facilitation, complete with seating plans and scripted prompts for mediators, keepers, and facilitators. Barton emphasises the importance of each participant in a restorative justice meeting - the victims, offenders and their supporters as well as professionals such as police, social workers and legal advocates.
Successful programmes must consistently and reliably achieve maximally restorative outcomes for all of them. Practitioners need always keep this objective in mind. Barton's book should strengthen their comprehension and facilitate application of the practical process.