CLE-The State of Restorative Justice in American Criminal Law


Tuesday, November 24, 2020 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm


Online Webinar

The UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law 
The Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution

The State of Restorative Justice in American Criminal Law

Thalia González 
Associate Professor, Politics
Occidental College

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Approved for 1.5 Nevada CLE Credits

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
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Restorative justice has been part of the American criminal justice system for more than three decades. Yet more recently it has expanded into mainstream reform conversations—particularly around addressing mass incarceration and securing justice—and gained a new urgency following nationwide protests in response to racial violence and anti-Blackness. Such increased attention necessitates that reformists think carefully about the existing legal landscape of restorative justice to ensure the construction and refinement of restorative justice laws do not yield undesirable state and local practices. Drawing on a dataset of more than 250 laws across forty-six jurisdictions, Professor González will discuss the legalization of restorative justice within the American criminal justice system. Her talk will include analysis of key findings, ranging from local control with high levels of discretionary decision-making to the significant absence of formal state-level confidentiality protections.

Link to paper: Thalia González, The State of Restorative Justice in American Criminal Law (forthcoming winter 2020).


12:00–12:05        Welcome and introduction
12:05 -1:20           Program
1:20 – 1:30           Questions and Answers