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Restoring relationships: Hate crimes and restorative justice.

Gavrielides, Theo
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) In, Melinda Gyokos and Krisztina Lanyi, eds., European best practices of restorative justice in criminal Procedure. Budapest: Ministry of Justice and Law Enforcement, Republic of Hungary.pp.187-204.

This article has been split into five parts. First, it will attempt to deconstruct hate crime to understand its causes and effect, as well as the definitional issues surrounding it. Second, it will identify gaps of the extant literature on hate crime and proceed with recommendations for further work that needs to be done in the area. Third, it will aim to understand why RJ practices with hate crime have not been favoured by legislators and policymakers despite the theoretical proclamations and research evidence that are backing them up. Fourth, the article will provide a list of international case studies where RJ practices have been used to address hate crime successfully. This analysis will provide the basis for the last part of the article which will posit some recommendations as to how the alleged gap can be bridged and how criminal justice agencies can be supported to work collaboratively with community-based programmes and practices to combat hate crime offences. (excerpt)


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