Trying to restore justice: bureaucracies, risk management, and disciplinary boundaries in New Zealand criminal justice

 
 
Author(s)Fox, Kathryn J.
Title Trying to restore justice: bureaucracies, risk management, and disciplinary boundaries in New Zealand criminal justice
Source International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology,published online 27 November 2013, pp 1-20
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage New Zealand
Summary This article explores the low use of restorative justice in the adult criminal justice system in New Zealand, compared with the well-known restorative justice conferences in the youth criminal justice system. In-depth interviews were conducted with 64 participants, including correctional staff, administrators, psychologists, case managers, probation staff and prisoners, from three different prisons and judges and service providers. A number of factors affecting the implementation of restorative justice were considered, including the high incarceration rate, the role of victims in restorative justice at the pre-sentence stage and at the stage just before an offender was to be released from prison, and the structure of government and the formation of bureaucratic silos. In particular the functions of the Department of Corrections and the Ministry of Justice are discussed in relation to the provision of adult restorative justice conferences and the effect of discreet funding and lack of communication within the bureaucracy.
Keywords Restorative justice; adult conferences; youth justice; criminal justice system.; offender; bureaucracy
Topic Restorative justice