Restorative justice - informed moral acquaintance: resolving the dual role problem in correctional forensic practice

Author(s) Ward, Tony, Theresa A Gannon & Clare-Ann Fortune
Title Restorative justice - informed moral acquaintance: resolving the dual role problem in correctional and forensic practice
Source Criminal Justice and Behavior, January 2015, Vol. 42, No. 1 pp.45-57
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
Summary Practitioners within the forensic and correctional fields are often faced with the conflicting ethical role of trying to meet the needs and interests of offenders whilst trying to protect those in the communities as well by reducing the risk of re-offending, better known as the dual role problem. The authors suggest that the dual role problem be extended further to incorporate elements of victim offender relationships and in doing so, the authors introduce the idea of incorporating restorative justice to assist with repairing the damage that was caused by the offence. Restorative justice also works towards healing the damages caused to social relationships within the community, therefore addressing the ethical challenges that arise for forensic and correctional practitioners.
Keywords Restorative Justice; ethics; dual role problem; moral acquaintance
Topic Restorative Justice