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2018. 07. 09

The Budapest Centre is pleased to announce the release of the Summary Study of its year-long project in which Foresee Research Group was also a partnering organisation: “Prevention of radicalization in the prison-system”...

The strengthening of radicalization and extremism is a new international trend. Its prevention, the development and harmonization of relevant capabilities is in the interest of international and national communities. The so called „vulnerable” groups of societies, in particular persons with...

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

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. 05. 26

The executive of Foresee Research Group presented the participants with the results the MEREPS project has reached so far.

This yearly conference provides institutes and organizations aiming to establish and disseminate the spirit of mediation with a chance to meet. Also, it is a great occasion to discuss actualities in the field.

The participants are representatives of institutes and organizations...

2011. 06. 27

At the round-table discussion organized by the Hungarian Criminal Association on the topic of ’Restorative methods in prisons’ MEREPS program was introduced by Dóra Szegő analyst, representing Foresee Research Group. In her talk,...

At the round-table discussion organized by the Hungarian Criminal Association on the topic of ’Restorative methods in prisons’ MEREPS program was introduced by Dóra Szegő analyst, representing Foresee Research Group. In her talk, Ms. Szegő outlined the implementation process of the project.

2011. 04. 21

Handbook on the applicability of mediation and restorative justice in prisons.

Our sense of justice and the need to protect our society require us to send people who commit serious crimes to prison. At least for a time…

What happens to offenders during their prison term and afterwards? What do they think about the crime they committed and the damage they caused? To...

2011. 06. 27

The conference session ’Restorative and mediation techniques in prison’ of the second annual ’Closed doors – open souls’ conference has been moderated by Tünde Barabás.

At the conference, Mihály Kovács, the head of Balassagyarmat Prison and the professional partner of the MEREPS project held a presentation on the project. In his talk, Mr. Kovács outlined...

2010. 07. 15

Notes on the field trip entitled „Mediation and restorative justice in prison settings: an international project between Germany, Hungary and the UK.” London, 2009. november 9–11.


The paper will focus on England and Wales (other parts of UK have separate systems. For young offenders the system recently introduced in Northern Ireland is more restorative.)

England and Wales have separate systems for young people (aged 10 and under 18) and adults.  There is only...

2010. 04. 22

The article of Tünde Barabás on the MEREPS Project and its expected results in Hungary

Since the middle of the 20th century, the unstoppable spread of crime has urged criminology experts of theory and practice to reconsider the efficacy and purpose of punishment. As a result, two polarised views in criminal justice policies have established themselves; one being the pragmatic need...

2010. 04. 16

Report of a Study Tour: 9th - 11th November, 2009. London, UK,

The Delegates

The Hungarian delegation included representatives of the Prosecutor’s Office, high-ranking officers of the

2009. 12. 22

During the study tour in London on 12 Nov 2009 Tünde Barabás, PhD and Szandra Windt, PhD gave a lecture about Mediation and Restorative Justice in Hungary.

In the Hungarian criminal law it is not the aim of the penal system and the execution to foster reconciliation between parties and nor is it suitable for it to do so. This means, that unless parties have already reconciled  before the closing of the first instance in the court, they will not...