Restorative justice is frequently touted because the humane and politically innovative replacement to the inflexible philosophy of retributive punishment that underpins the various world's judicial structures. Emotionally seductive, its rhetoric appeals to a wish for a "right-relation" between contributors and groups, an bargains us a imaginative and prescient of justice that permits for the mutual therapeutic of sufferer and criminal, and with it, a feeling of communal repair.
In Compulsory Compassion, Annalise Acorn, a one-time recommend for restorative justice, deconstructs the rhetoric of the restorative move. Drawing from various felony, literary, philosophical, and autobiographical assets, she questions the elemental assumptions at the back of that rhetoric: that we will be able to belief wrongdoers' performances of contrition; that therapeutic lies in a deferential, face-to-face stumble upon among sufferer and criminal; and that the restorative inspiration of right-relation holds the most important to a reconciliation of justice and responsibility at the one hand, with love and compassion at the different.
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