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The role of (self-)forgiveness in restorative justice: Linking restorative justice to desistance

journal contribution
posted on 20.06.2021, 22:47 authored by Masahiro SuzukiMasahiro Suzuki, Tamera Jenkins
The role of forgiveness in restorative justice (RJ) remains peripheral because interpersonal forgiveness has been considered a ‘gift’ that should not be forced on victims in RJ. In this article, we aim to advance the role of forgiveness in RJ. However, we do not focus on interpersonal forgiveness. We instead focus on another dimension of forgiveness: self-forgiveness for offenders. Because self-forgiveness is linked with both RJ and desistance, self-forgiveness has the potential to function as a catalyst to connect RJ with desistance. Drawing on their relationship, we offer a process-based model of how offenders may or may not desist through RJ. We conclude by offering implications for research on RJ.

History

Start Page

1

End Page

18

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

1741-2609

ISSN

1477-3708

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Griffith Institute of Criminology, Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

European Journal of Criminology

Article Number

ARTN 1477370819895959