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What is Community Justice?

What is Community Justice?
Case Studies of Restorative Justice and Community Supervision

  • David R Karp - Skidmore College, USA
  • Todd R. Clear - John Jay College, USA, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, USA, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA

January 2002 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Past methods of probation and parole supervision have largely relied on caseworkers who monitor their "clients" as well as they can. But, as numbers of "clients" increase, studies indicate that this model is ineffectual. The time has come to significantly rethink the approaches to community supervision.

As described in What Is Community Justice?, the aim of the new efforts is to explicitly integrate the community and the criminal justice process in probation programs. There are five key goals that this book addresses to achieve this end:

  • The building of partnerships between community supervision agencies and the community
  • Expanding the "client" definition to include the victim of crime, the family of the offender, and the community itself
  • Focus on places: agencies must take into account important local differences in neighborhoods
  • Preventing problems between the community and the client rather than reacting to them
  • Adding value to community life

This book addresses the specific ways of achieving these goals by presenting six case studies of probation programs that represent a practical side of the community justice ideal. What emerges is a provocative and enlightening new approach to the problems of probation and parole. 

1. Preface
D.R. Karp, J. Lane, & S. Turner
2. Ventura and the Theory of Community Justice
3. Preface to Maricopa
T.R. Clear & J. Cannon
4. Neighborhood Probation Offices in Maricopa County
5. Preface to Vermont
D.R. Karp
6. The Offender/Community Encounter: Stakeholder Involvement in the Vermont Reparative
7. Preface to Tallahassee
E. Zellerer & J. Cannon
8. Restorative Justice, Reparation, and the Southside Project
9. Preface to Boston
R.P. Corbett Jr.
10. Reinventing Probation and Reducing Youth Violence
11. Preface to Deschutes
T.K. Martin
12. Deschutes County, Oregon: Community Justice in Action
S. Maruna
13. Afterword: In the Shadows of Community Justice

Not going to teach the course.

Dr Gary Kowaluk
Criminal Just Sociology Dept, Cameron University
December 16, 2012

An interesting addition to the RJ library

Dr Carol Borland Jones
Natural and Social Sciences, Gloucestershire University
April 20, 2010
Key features
  • Only book to provide actual case studies of probationary community justice in action.

  • "Community based correctional models" is what all states are working to develop and implement. I've been told by a number of people in the field that this is the central issue in corrections (as well as policing) today. But putting correctional programs into practice which can be effectively assessed and in light of what objective criteria --- is not yet a well developed science.

And that is the intent of this manuscript: to present a series of cases of community correctional programs that have been developed in various states in the last few years and to assess their effectiveness against a set of criteria the authors also present in the mss

  • Todd Clear is one of the best-known "young leaders" in Criminal Justice today. He is the author (with George Cole) of the best selling Corrections text with Wadsworth / ITP. He is the Editor of Wadsworth's Series of paperback texts in Criminal Justice, and was this year's President of ACJS, the national Criminal Justice Association.

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