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Restorative justice in prisons

Walker, Roma
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Restorative justice – What’s it all about?, ed. by the Churches’ Criminal Justice Forum, 25-27. Paper presented at a conference hosted by the Churches’ Criminal Justice Forum. London: Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Churches’ Criminal Justice Forum.

Roma Walker identifies several areas within prisons where restorative justice can be applied. These include conflict resolution, victim issues, therapeutic committees, and reparation. In her paper, Walker summarizes the application – actual or potential – of restorative principles and practices in prisons in each of these areas. Examples of specific cases and programs are highlighted at certain points. If restorative justice is to play a significant role in prisons – remarks Walker – education, training, and support of staff in all aspects of restorative justice philosophy and benefits are imperative.


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