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Liebmann, M. and Braithwaite, S. (1999) "Restorative Justice in Custodial Settings: Report for the Restorative Justice Working Group in Northern Ireland"

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Dublin, Restorative Justice Ireland Network. Available. [Online]

The author’s remark that although there is as yet no comprehensive literature on Restorative Justice in custodial settings, this report demonstrates the range of activities already being practiced. Of all the countries covered in this report, only Belgium carries out restorative justice policy in a custodial setting as a result of national policy. A wide range of interested and dedicated individuals or groups such as prison officers, prison governors, probation officers, psychologists, and boards of visitors, chaplains or citizens elsewhere carry out initiatives. As can be seen in the report, a variety of RJ processes can be carried out at different stages of a prison sentence and in a variety of prison procedures, e.g., adjudications, parole hearings and complaints.

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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