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In the Shadow of DeathRestorative Justice and Death Row Families$
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Elizabeth Beck, Sarah Britto, and Arlene Andrews

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179415

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179415.001.0001

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Understanding Restorative Justice

Understanding Restorative Justice

(p.12) 2 Understanding Restorative Justice
In the Shadow of Death

Elizabeth Beck

Sarah Britto

Arlene Andrews

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a brief history of the restorative justice movement in the United States. In order to do so it contrasts retributive and restorative justice goals and their application. Restorative justice is described as a theory and process designed to address needs and harms following a crime. Additionally, the needs of victims and offenders are explored. Towards the end of repairing harm, the chapter also examines two restorative processes: Truth and Reconciliation Commissions; and Victim-Offender Dialogue. Most importantly, it brings together the death row families with restorative justice and makes the case that they need to be included in restorative justice theory and supported by restorative justice-based processes. The chapter draws from an interview with Bud Welch, who met with Bill McVeigh following Timothy McVeigh's destruction of the Murrah Federal Building, which killed Bud Welch's daughter, Julie Marie.

Keywords:   restorative justice, truth and reconciliation, Bud Welch, retributive justice, victim-offender dialogue

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