Source: (2007) Prison Service Journal. Nov. 2007(174): 15-20.

This paper explores the implications of these tenets for the practice of imprisonment. One implication seems clear: restorative justice, by putting in question a core belief underlying the practice of imprisonment, raises serious questions about the validity of the practice. More recently, however, restorative justice advocates have become more interested in reforming the practice of imprisonment in line with the principles of restorative justice. This development is controversial within the restorative justice movement, with many advocates arguing that restorative justice is best pursued, ‘not as a policy of prison reform but as an alternative to prison’ (Guidoni, 2003: 66). This paper will examine the arguments of those who are sceptical about ‘restorative prison’ projects. (excerpt)