Prisons may not appear to be a natural place for restorative justice initiatives. They are filled with offenders who have been sentenced, typically without having been invited to participate in any restorative processes. The popular perception of prisoners is that they are dangerous people whose victims are unlikely to want contact, restorative or otherwise.

However, there are a number of restorative initiatives taking place in prisons. Some relate to the victim-offender relationship. Others to conflict resolution among prisoners. Still others to the operation of prisons themselves.

Check out these links . . . .

. . . . for an introduction to uses of restorative justice in prison 

. . . . for a former prison governor's (warden's) perspective 

. . . . for a description of a prison-based conflict resolution system

. . . . for guidelines concerning victim offender dialogue in crimes of severe violence