Thank you for your interest in this Special Issue on ambitions and critiques of restorative justice. Independently of where you are, we are all living in unprecedented times, and life will never be the same. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed not only how we work with others and deliver services, but also our very way of living. The changes that should be anticipated in relation to justice and criminal justice will be unprecedented. Whether for financial, political or health and safety-related reasons, criminal justice institutions such as prisons, courts and probation must be reviewed.
Restorative justice has appeared in many forms around the world, with some jurisdictions welcoming it through their formal justice systems and legislation. Others continue to see it as a community-led practice that should be offered for trivial or minor harms. As the evidence is still accumulating and the debate on the contribution of restorative justice continues, this Special Issue will look back but also into the future to identify key critiques and ambitions for its theory and practice.
This Special Issue will reflect on both normative and practical matters. Practitioners and users of restorative and criminal justice, as well as researchers and scholars, are invited to submit their work. Critical perspectives, whether based on solid normative reasoning or empirical evidence, will be especially welcomed. We are particularly interested in views that explore the role of restorative justice in future policymaking and justice practice, whether within or outside the criminal justice system. Research papers, opinion pieces, commentaries, proceedings and book reviews related to the topic will all be considered.
Dr. Theo Gavrielides
Laws Editorial Office
MDPI, St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
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