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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Suzuki & Jenkins on (Self-)Forgiveness in Restorative Justice

Masahiro Suzuki and Tamera Jenkins (Central Queensland University and affiliation not provided to SSRN) have posted The Role of (Self-)Forgiveness in Restorative Justice: Linking Restorative Justice to Desistance (European Journal of Criminology (2020)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
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.

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