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How does restorative justice work? A qualitative metasynthesis

journal contribution
posted on 08.09.2021, 22:43 by Masahiro SuzukiMasahiro Suzuki, Xiaoyu Yuan
A systematic effort to answer in what ways and contexts the claims of restorative justice (RJ) prove persuasive is lacking. We address this gap through a metasynthesis of qualitative studies. Drawing on 26 studies identified through the systematic literature search, we identified three overarching themes to understand “how RJ works”: (1) opportunities for humanization, learning, and putting emotions of victims and individuals who committed a crime at the center of conflict-solving, (2) support networks and mechanisms for communication, and (3) life-changing journey enshrined in healing. We develop a line of argument showing how the micro-, meso-, and macro-elements of RJ interact with each other. While offering reflections on the limitations of existing literature around this key issue, we conclude with implications for advancing research of RJ.

Funding

Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

History

Volume

48

Issue

10

Start Page

1347

End Page

1365

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1552-3594

ISSN

0093-8548

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Shanghai University of Political Science and Law

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Criminal Justice and Behavior