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New Zealand Ministry of Justice (1998). Restorative Justice: The Public Submissions Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Justice. Downloaded 1 February 2005.

This document is an analysis of submissions received by the Ministry on restorative justice. The analysis identifies key themes and responses to specific issues, and also considers perspectives in relation to Mäori, Pacific peoples and victims. Overview of submissions. One hundred and thirteen submissions representing diverse interests were received.The views represented ranged from being highly supportive of to highly critical of the idea. Overall, the submissions were supportive of restorative justice. Opposition to restorative justice. Nine submissions were strongly opposed to restorative justice. Reasons included a view that it was too lenient, concern about the return of serious offenders to the community, a belief that it would not improve the situation for victims and the need for criminal justice processes to provide general deterrence. (excerpt)

Link: www.justice.govt.nz/pubs/reports/1998/restorative_justice/index.html

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