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Why do you think the community justice movement is so popular? Will it last, or will it be over soon?

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Community justice has become increasingly popular over the past few decades for several reasons. The first might be the failure of other methods to help rehabilitate people who commit nonviolent crimes and help to integrate them back into their communities. As jails are increasingly overcrowded and expensive to run, and they seem an ineffective way to prevent crime, communities are rethinking criminal justice priorities and methods.

Community justice seeks to tackle the root causes of crime rather than simply punish offenders. Prevention of crime and of re-offending is obviously much better than waiting for people to commit crimes, then trying to catch them and lock them up.

Prevention and rehabilitation, though, are not one-size-fits-all endeavors. Muslim communities, Hispanic communities, and Native American communities face different issues and require different support mechanisms, with strong local input. Often religious and community leaders need to work closely with criminal...

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