Ventura County and the Theory of Community Justice

Published in: What is Community Justice? Case Studies of Restorative Justice and Community Supervision / Edited By David R. Karp and Todd R. Clear (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2002), p. 3-33

by David R. Karp, Jodi Lane, Susan Turner

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This chapter outlines the community justice model and applies it to one probation program in Ventura County, California. It specifies the critical domains for action and evaluation that distinguish a criminal justice model based on crime control, criminal justice, and community building. This model is constructed around the idea that criminal justice agencies make themselves accessible to the community and that the community takes an active role in the justice process.

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