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Latin America

Latin American countries have explored restorative justice to reform their justice systems, increase citizen confidence, pursue national reconciliation, and build a ‘culture of peace.’

Several governments in Latin America have adopted legislation or sponsored pilot projects to use restorative justice as an alternative to overcrowded courts and prisons.

National Reconciliation

Some Latin American countries have used Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to seek healing and reconstruction after periods of state-sanctioned violence. 

Civil Society

With high levels of violence and corruption in the justice system, civil society organizations in Latin America have initiated restorative programmes as an alternative to criminal or juvenile justice.

Articles from RJ Online 

These short articles featuring developments within the Latin American region first appeared in the monthly edition of Restorative Justice Online.

All documents 

These documents discuss restorative justice in Latin America. They appear in the order in which they were added to the site with the most recent appearing first.


Documents by country


These documents discuss restorative justice developments in these countries of Latin America: Argentina | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Guatemala | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Peru


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