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Umbreit, M.S. (1985) "Crime and Reconciliation: Creative Options for Victims and Offenders"

Uploaded at: 2010. 03. 01.


Nashville, Abingdon Press, 141 p.

This report describes the operations and assumptions of the Indiana-based Prisoner and Community Together (PACT) program. A biblical perspective on crime and punishment suggests that: responding to crime should involve both the victim and the offender; the process of responding should be personalized; the criminal justice system should not focus exclusively on crimes by the poor and minorities; reliance on incarceration should be reduced; and Christians should be involved in an active ministry in support of crime victims. Three models of citizen intervention are identified, described and assessed: victim-offender reconciliation, community service restitution, and community halfway houses.

Source: Vanspauwen, K., Robert, L., Aertsen, I., Parmentier, S. (2003), Restorative Justice and Restorative Detention. A selected and annotated bibliography. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Onderzoeksgroep Penologie en Victimologie.

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