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Restorative Justice in Practice


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1. Setting the Scene 2. Setting the Schemes in Context: A Review of the Aims, Histories and Results of Restorative Justice 3. Setting Up and Running Restorative Justice Schemes 4. Accountability, Regulation and Risk Experiencing Restorative Justice 5. Approaching Restorative Justice 6. Through a Different Lens: Examining Restorative Justice Using Case Studies 7. During Restorative Justice Events Looking Back at Restorative Justice: What Do People Think it Achieved? 8. The Victims' View: Satisfaction and Closure 9. Outcome Agreements and their Progress 10. The Offenders' View: Reoffending and the Road to Desistance 11. Restorative Justice: Lessons from Practice

About the Author

Joanna Shapland is Professor of Criminal Justice in the School of Law, University of Sheffield, and Head of the School of Law; Gwen Robinson is Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield; Angela Sorsby is a freelance criminologist specialising in data analysis and statistics.


"This seven year study is the most important research evidence on restorative justice (RJ) in this country. The work challenges some of the myths around restorative justice -- for example the finding that 70% of victims of serious crimes chose to meet the offender when this was offered to them, challenges the prevailing view that RJ is only appropriate for less serious crime. Her research has confirmed earlier findings of the strong victim benefits from restorative justice; and provided new evidence for the impact of RJ in reducing re-offending, leading to cost-savings across Criminal Justice. This book will provide essential reading for policy makers interested in evidence-based policy; for criminal justice agencies seeking to give victims a stronger voice in justice; and includes a wealth of information for practitioners who want to know 'what works' and base their restorative practice on the evidence." -- Lizzie Nelson, Director, Restorative Justice Council 'This book provides a state-of-the-art analysis of restorative justice, conferences, and mediation for serious cases and adult offenders. aIt is essential reading for policymakers and practitioners who wish to develop restorative justice schemes that work alongside conventional criminal justice. aIts comprehensive and measured analysis is a welcome addition to the research literature. aThis is a scholarly treatment of restorative justice for the real world and ways to move it from the margins to the mainstream of criminal justice.' -- Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia

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