Criminal Justice 2008

What is restorative justice?


Question of the week

How much do you agree with imprisoning offenders for theft offences?
Very much - prison is an effective response to theft offences.
Somewhat - imprisonment might have short-term positive effects, but doesn't solve the problem on the long run.
Not at all - with mass imprisonment we just make this problem more serious, reintegration of offenders become even more difficult, not to mention the high costs of prisons that need to be paid by the citizens.

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2015. 07. 04

Foresee sought MoHR's support to test a modelprogram in the Rákospalota Correctional Institute and Special Children Care Home in relation to mediation as a preliminary method to correctional penalties being intoduced in the new...

The Institute is special in the sense that it houses juveniles both in pre-trial detention and in correctional education. As a result, both the everyday relations and the institutional co-existence lead to different conflicts and different solutions in communication. Part of the institute staff has...

2012. 12. 11

Borbála Fellegi participated as a guest in the roundtable discussion organized by ELTE Faculty of Law’s Criminology Scientific Students’ Association on the subject of prison mediation, where she talked with criminologist-lawyer...

The discussion examined the following questions in connection with criminal mediation, that can be used (since the year 2006) in minor criminal cases: Could mediation be used in more serious cases, together with imprisonment? Can mediation ease the contorversions between inmates and prison staff?...

2012. 10. 24

23 prison-judges from all of Hungary’s counties participated in the training about the implementation of restorative techniques in prison settings at the Judicial Academy by Dr. Borbála fellegi, Dr. Tünde Barabás (OKRI) and Dr....

The experts of the MEREPS project were responsible for the first section of the two-day long training. During the introduction moderated by Dr. Borbála Fellegi, the participants’ knowledge of the practice of restorative techniques has been measured. Following the introduction, Dr. Zsolt Fekete...

2012. 07. 15

As a closure for the „TEtt programme for victims and offenders” prioritized project, a two-day long professional conference has been organized at the Károlyi-Csekonics Residence in Budapest on the 31st of May and 1st of June...

The conference was ceremoniously opened with speeches from Dr. Róbert Répássy, Minister of State for Justice representing the

Ministry of Public Administration...
2012. 07. 15

Borbála Fellegi participated as a trainer in the 30-hour training organized by the Penal Institue of Heves County in May 2012.

The three-day-long training saw altogether 10 participants. Six of them were disciplinarians from the Penal Institue of Heves County  and four came from the Balassagyarmat Prison.

The aim of the training was to familiarize the participants with the restorative approach, so that they...

2012. 04. 25

The book "Responsibility-taking, Relationship-building and Restoration in Prisons" (edited by BARABÁS, T. - FELLEGI, B. - WINDT, Sz.) includes the final research results and case studies about mediation and restorative justice in...

This publication includes the research studies, results, observations, experiences and proposals relating to the work carried out by the participating partners over the three years of the

2012. 02. 09

The three day-long final conference of the „Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings” (MEREPS) project has been successfully carried out between 17th and 19th January 2012 by Foresee Research Group and the National...

The three year long international research „Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings” (MEREPS) led by

Foresee Research...
2012. 02. 09

Programme of the final conference of the project ‘Mediation and Restorative Justice in Prison Settings’

Here you can find the detailed programme of the two day-long professional conference held at the Hungarian Judicial Academy.

All of the presentations held at the conference are linked in the text, and can easily be downloaded by clicking on the presenters' names.


2011. 09. 27

The European Society of Criminology held its annual conference in Vilnius with the theme "Rethinking Crime and Punishment in Europe". IARS was represented through its Director, Dr. Theo Gavrielides, who presented two papers on...

The 600 participants discussed existing and new alternative methodologies for crime prevention and control. Leading academics, criminologists and practitioners from around the world came together to share their recent research.

2011. 09. 27

Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) and the Restorative Justice Council are pleased to invite you to a joint half-day seminar titled Restorative justice in Europe: What can it do for young people?

The seminar will launch the IARS report "Restorative Justice and the Secure Estate: Alternatives for Young People". The report is based on a three year research programme that looked at the use of restorative justice practices in prisons. The event and the IARS report is part of the

2011. 07. 10

CAPP – Centre of Administration and Public Policies from School of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP), Technical University of Lisbon and the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (GRAL), Ministry of Justice, organize the...

The Congress theme will be centred on Restorative Justice, bringing together national and foreign speakers of recognized merit and experience.
The organisers invite you to participate in this event and  you can find all the updated information about the Congress

2011. 07. 04

Dr. Barabás Andrea and Dr. Windt Szandra represented the MEREPS project demonstrating the progress and results of the RJ in prison settings program.

The meeting took place in Brussels on the 15th of June. The report of the previous General Meeting and the annual reports have been approved, the accounts of the Committees have been presented followed by the evaluation of three international projects, financial concerns, policy work and future...

2011. 06. 30

Final Conference of the project ‘Mediation and Restorative Justice in the Prison Settings’.

On 17-19 January 2012

At the Hungarian Judicial Academy, Budapest and the Prison in Balassagyarmat, Hungary.

2011. 03. 08

Today, 4 March 2011, the independent think tank Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) released the report "Drawing together research, policy and practice for restorative justice". The paper reports on the findings from a...

The event was attended by 45 experts in the restorative justice field including representatives from the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Board, academia and practice. This shows the appetite for more events such as this one and ICCCR has indicated that it looks forward to...

2010. 12. 06

Press Release: Restorative justice is ready to be put to far broader use

On 22nd November, IARS and the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University held an expert seminar titled “Drawing together research, policy and...