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Bitel, M. (1999) “The Alternatives to Violence Project – a Path to Restoration”

Uploaded at: 2010. 03. 01.


The Prison Service Journal, 123, 9- 12.

In this paper, the author describes the functioning of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) and relates it to the idea of restoration. In 2000, this project already celebrated its 25th anniversary. It once started in the maximum security prison of Greenhaven, NY, after which it spread to countries such as Canada, the U.K., Costa Rica, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Russia, Kenia, Hongary and South Africa. The program is based on an intensive 3-day workshop in a prison or in a community setting. In it, models and techniques of conflict resolution and alternatives to violence are being presented. The author also includes a number of sources enabling the reader to further look into the content of the project.

Source: Vanspauwen, K., Robert, L., Aertsen, I., Parmentier, S. (2003), Restorative Justice and Restorative Detention. A selected and annotated bibliography. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Onderzoeksgroep Penologie en Victimologie.

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