The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

2009 - Justice and reconciliation

In the light of calls for ever tougher sentencing, the booklet below considers Catholic social teaching on how we respond to crime and violence in our society. We are called to reconsider our attitudes to crime and punishment. There are questions over whether our processes work for the human dignity of victims and offenders, whether they encourage repentance and reconciliation, and whether they allow both victims and offenders to rehabilitate into society.

(Associated school resources prepared in 2009 on restorative justice are available here.)

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