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Civil Society’s Role in Promoting Alternative Sentencing Options and Offender Re-integration.

Batley, Mike
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) address presented at the conference on Strategies to Combat Overcrowded Prisons. Pretoria, South Africa. 15 September.

sharing will be drawn from those discussions last week.
In essence I’m going to argue that we should adopt restorative justice as the
prevailing frame of reference in our criminal justice system adding, to some of the
voices that were raised in that regard yesterday. I contend that this will help us
not to send people to prison that should not be there. A few people raised the
question yesterday what do we mean when we say that – why shouldn’t people
be there and how do we define that? But I hope to make some suggestions
regarding that. I also think that restorative justice will help us to prevent those
who do go to prison not to go back there again afterwards. Most important I will
be saying something about the role of civil society and the point that we believe
that civil society has a very critical role to play in the use of restorative justice
programmes (excerpt).


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