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Implementing and evaluating restorative justice projects in prison

Author(s)Crocker, Diane
Title Implementing and evaluating restorative justice projects in prison
Source Criminal Justice Policy Review, Published online before print 26 November 2013, pp 1-20
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary This article evaluates the restorative justice project, Partners in Healing, run in three Canadian prisons. The project had three main objectives: to provide increased opportunities for community engagement with the justice sector, to support offenders preparing to re-enter the community, and to provide increased opportunities for victims to be understood. A key feature was the restorative justice committee which met twice a month and was run in the manner of a restorative circle. The author examines the reasons why prisoners come to the circles and the circle process, including the valuable opportunity for participants to exchange stories. A number of reasons are put forward as contributing to the success of the Partners in Healing project, including having a key person working in each prison championing the project; allowing committee meetings to be flexible and responsive to the needs of participants; and the inclusion of community members.
Keywords Restorative justice; program evaluation; restorative circle; prisons
Topic Restorative justice