Source: (1999) Prison Service Journal (May): 9-12
The Alternatives to Violence Project grew out of an initiative to reduce violence at a maximum security prison in New York State in 1975. In this paper Bitel explains how this project operates within a restorative justice framework. He sketches the history of the project and how it operates in prisons. He also describes the projectâ€™s model of change. Specific aspects of the projectâ€™s principles and practices that he discusses include the following: restoration and healing; rebuilding self-worth; creating a supportive community; taking responsibility; and conflict transformation versus conflict suppression.
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