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Institutionalising restorative justice for adults in Scotland: An empirical study of criminal justice practitioners’ perspectives

Butler, Siobhan, Maglione, Giuseppe, Buchan, Jamie (2022) Institutionalising restorative justice for adults in Scotland: An empirical study of criminal justice practitioners’ perspectives. Criminology & Criminal Justice, . ISSN 1748-8958. (doi:10.1177/17488958221104229) (KAR id:95614)

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While in some European and extra-European countries the incorporation of restorative justice into policy frameworks is a dated and widely studied phenomenon, in others it is a more recent and scarcely researched process. The Scottish Government is making renewed efforts to institutionalise restorative justice including the ambitious goal of making adult restorative justice available nationwide by 2023. In this article, we analyse the consequences of these recent attempts, addressing a gap in knowledge on adult restorative justice in Scotland. We gathered views from justice professionals ( n = 17), involved in organising and delivering adult restorative justice, on the implementation of the policy and the future of Scottish restorative justice. Findings show that participants support expanding restorative justice services, but are sceptical about the Scottish Government’s approach. They advocate for a coordinated but locally sensitive model of restorative justice development, to some extent challenging the stark opposition between ‘purist’ and ‘maximalist’ approaches to the expansion of restorative justice. These findings generate evidence to critically assess Scottish restorative justice policy and its implementation, while drawing implications for the development of restorative justice across Europe.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/17488958221104229
Additional information: ** From Crossref journal articles via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 20-06-2022; issued 20-06-2022.
Uncontrolled keywords: Institutionalisation, justice social work, qualitative interviews, restorative justice, Scotland
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: Edinburgh Napier University (
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Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2022 13:50 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2022 12:27 UTC
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