peacemaking criminology | Definition

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Course: Introduction

Peacemaking criminology promotes social justice, nonviolence, and restorative justice as alternatives to traditional punishment and control approaches.

Peacemaking criminology is a theoretical perspective that seeks to promote social justice, equality, and nonviolence by focusing on humanistic and compassionate approaches to crime and justice. Peacemaking criminologists emphasize the importance of reducing harm and promoting healing for both victims and offenders, and they critique traditional forms of punishment and control as ineffective and counterproductive. Instead, peacemaking criminology emphasizes using restorative justice practices, community-building initiatives, and conflict-resolution strategies as alternatives to punishment and incarceration. The goal of peacemaking criminology is to create a more just and peaceful society by addressing the root causes of crime and working to build stronger, more resilient communities.

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Last Modified: 03/10/2023


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