Restorative and Retributive Justice

Definitions Justice is the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments (Sandel, 2008). It can also be defined as the legal or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered. As with most philosophically driven disciplines, the concept of justice … Read more

Major Changes in Corrections Throughout Time

There are numerous ways one is able to assess the changes in man’s use of corrections from ancient Greece, to our present day. Jim Finckenauer, a professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, shared his observation for how the history of the United States is better explained as a failed panaceas in saying correctional … Read more

Majora Carter – an Activist for Environmental Justice and Economic Equality

Majora Carter is one of New York City’s most well-known activists for environmental justice and economic equality. In February 2006, Carter gave an inspiring and emotionally charged eighteen minute speech on “Greening the Ghetto” at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Monterey, California. More specifically, this convention calls attention to the prevalent issue of … Read more

How Discrimination (Prejudice and Social Injustice) Affect Relationships in To Kill A Mockingbird

Discrimination occurs everywhere. In TKAM, people can see the world of discrimination through many different aspects and characters. To start, gender discrimination affected the relationship between Scout and Alexandra by how Alexandra constantly harassed Scout because she isn’t enough of a “lady” in her perspective. Secondly, racial discrimination affected the relationship between Tom Robinson and … Read more

A comparison between the juvenile delinquents act (JDA), young offenders act (POA) and now the youth criminal justice act (YCJA)

Evolution of legislation to promote youth justice in Canada can be traced from the mid-19th century when criminal laws specifically for young children were initiated. The first juvenile legislation act was the Juvenile Delinquents Act (JDA). Introduction of this was around 1908, and according to this act, the state was required to take care of … Read more

Celebrity Justice

Murder, sexual assault, and drug possession are just a few of the heinous crimes famous people commit everyday. Celebrities do tend get away with more crimes than the average person, but the answer as to why they seem to get away with them is one most people would like the answer to. While the typical … Read more

Defining Justice

As human beings, we employ acts of justice in our daily lives, like when you allow the elderly man to take your seat on the bus, or punish your son for misbehaving. Yet, when asked to define the term “justice”, it is challenging. The course textbook, Pursuing Justice (Hurlbert, 2011), states there are at least … Read more

Social Justice – Measure for Measure, Animal Farm, American History X

Social justice is a topic known all to well in today’s society. Such issues as social heirarchial structure and unjust representatives of citizens of nations are issues in need of attention by those in power. Corruption, lies and greed by those in power however stand in the way of this form of justice from occurring, … Read more