Pros And Cons Of Community Justice
Social capital was exhibited through this text as the authors suggest that once an offender is incarcerated, upon release, gaining social capital can pose a challenge. In permitting individuals who have offended the values of the community to make restitution in the form of applying skills toward the benefit of the community, the community members display the egalitarian principle of inclusion which allows the offender to right a wrong, and begin accumulating social capital (Clear & Karp, 1999, p.166). For instance, during one particular volunteer experience I was significantly influenced by the participation of individuals who had previously engaged in some criminal offense. Throughout the volunteer experience I had the opportunity to work, laugh and engage with the offenders which aided in my ability to get to know them outside of their deviant behavior; thus they were permitted to, on a small scale, gain social …show more content…
In traditional community corrections, often the community has no voice, as corrections authorities seemingly view the public as an obstacle to their ability to place the offender back into the community. However, in integrating the community justice approach, this model may instead permit the offender to provide community service, and make restitution toward the community. These actions may facilitate a positive transition for both the victims of crime, as their concerns are addressed by corrections authorities, as well as the offender ,who is actively pursuing a place in the community (Clear & Karp, 1999, p. 23).
The implications of the argument for understanding the role of community justice in reducing crime is that in exploring the benefits of community justice, as opposed to relying solely on traditional methods, the community and criminal justice authorities are emphasizing the importance of the community; attempting to increase unity, trust, and restorative interests which permit both informal and formal social controls that establish the normative values of the community, and insist on adherence to those values.
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