A Framework for a Restorative Society? Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland

Conway, Vicky and Payne, B. (2011) A Framework for a Restorative Society? Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland. European Journal of Probation , 3 (2). pp. 47-73. ISSN 2006–2203. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Presenting findings of an unparalleled study, mapping the extent of restorative practices in Northern Ireland, this article argues that while some examples of the use of restorative justice in Northern Ireland have been researched in detail, it is in fact being employed in a much wider range of contexts, including schools and children’s care homes. This diversity in restorative justice deployment is used to frame arguments for restorative justice to be given stronger footing by government citing the great potential for Northern Ireland to become a ‘restorative society’. Key findings from the mapping research are presented as an explanation for previous growth in restorative practices to date and as a facilitator for further growth both in Northern Ireland and in other jurisdictions. These include recognition that the definition and application of restorative justice must be determined by situation and context, and that the continued expansion of restorative practices is dependent on the cross-fertilisation of ideas both from abroad, but also between organisations within a jurisdiction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices, Victims, Offenders, Communities, Reintegration
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Jenny Harmer
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 12:32
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 13:50
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28501 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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