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What is restorative justice?

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MEREPS UK report finalised

Uploaded at: 2011. 08. 19.

Author: TGavrielides

The final report on the MEREPS UK project has been finalised and is now in production. The report titled "Restorative justice and the secure estate: Alternatives for young people in custody" is due to be published soon at a national conference that will be held in partnership with the Restorative Justice Council. For more information and how to book contact [email protected]

Over the last 20 years, we have seen several reforms, investment plans, partnerships and criminal justice policies targeting better solutions to youth crime. And yet, in 2010 in England and Wales alone over 10,111 young adults (18-21 yrs) and 1,637 young people (15-17yrs) were in the secure estate. We also locked up 433 children (below 15 yrs). As the evidence of this report show, restorative justice in prison settings is widespread, but piecemeal, inconsistent and sometimes invisible.

Restorative justice is also characterised by numerous implementation barriers and definitional ambiguity. While there is thorough evaluation of restorative justice with certain offences, in others areas, including its application within prisons, the evidence is still accumulating. The limited data do suggest, however, that the restorative justice practice (but most importantly the values underlying its ethos) are able to provide answers that many psychologists, criminologists, social workers and prison staff have strived to find.

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