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We are committed to advocating social justice and find Mead a rich theorist for
analyzing and developing responses to crime in America. The contemporary
adoption of punitive justice in the criminal justice system exhibits all the flaws
that Mead identified in 1918. Here we document that Mead's perspective
remains viable and points to the need for a more progressive response to crime.
In fact, we argue that Mead's perspective parallels a current movement in
corrections, knows as Restorative Justice.