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Restorative justice

Restorative justice can be considered to be the opposite of retributive justice. It seeks to redefine crime as being a violation of people and relationships (injury toward other people), rather than a violation of the state (offense against a state). It involves the victim, the offender and the community being involved together in looking for solutions, promoting repair, reconciliation and reassurance. It seeks to have issues resolved through understanding and dialogue. Proponents of restorative justice say it is directed at recognising the victim's injury, promoting healing, and reducing fears that might have crystallized between the victim and the offender. It also could help the victim to forget the past (if not forgive the offender)and to move on in life. Offenders meeting and communicating with their victims might help them to take responsibility for their actions and avoid further offense.

healing justice[?], Psychiatric imprisonment

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