Conferencing and Restorative Justice International Practices and Perspectives

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Conferencing and Restorative Justice: International Practices and Perspectivesoffers an analysis of conferencing practices around the world, examining the range of approaches to different types of crimes and offender age groups, and assessing their outcomes. First developed in New Zealand and Australia in the 1990s, conferencing is a restorative justice practice which has since spread to a number of other countries as an effective tool in crime reduction. By encouraging the offender, the victim(s) and family members, and a facilitator to meet and discuss the crime and its consequences, and then to find a just and acceptable outcome for all, those involved hope to repair the harm inflicted upon the victim, the community and society in general. In this book, the editors have drawn together some of the leading figures in the restorative justice community to look at the current condition of such practices, particularly internationally, and to analyse the processes and outcomes of conferencing, compared with the European-favoured, victim-offender mediation. With fourteen chapters featuring a mix of contributors, including both practitioners and academics, the book begins with a general and thematic overview of what conferencing is and how it is developing theoretically and in practice. This discussion then moves on to some of the original models of conferencing, such as in New Zealand and Australia, and examines some of the challenges (sexual assault cases) and the newer developments found in conferencing in Latin-America. The final section of the book consists of European perspectives on conferencing, exploring how some countries have developed conferencing more extensively (such as into the juvenile justice system), others are still in a starting-phase, whilst some have move conferencing outside of the justice system entirely. Impeccably researched and thoughtfully presented,Conferencing and Restorative Justicewill be of interest to anyone involved in restorative justice practices, criminal justice and public policy.

Table of Contents

1. Conferencing: Setting the scene, Inge Vanfraechem and Estelle Zinsstag
Part 1: Conferencing: Broadening the scope of restorative justice
2. Conferencing: A developing restorative justice practice, Estelle Zinsstag
3. The need for clarity about restorative justice conferences, Lode Walgrave
4. Comparing conferencing and mediation: Some evaluation results internationally, Joanna Shapland
5. 'That's how the light gets in': Facilitating restorative conferences, Tim Chapman
6. Conferencing and victims, Heather Strang
Part 2: Conferencing: Inception, challenges, and newer developments
7. Revolution, decline, and renewal: Restorative youth justice in New Zealand, Ashley Shearar and Gabrielle Maxwell
8. Conferences and gendered violence: Practices, politics, and evidence, Kathleen Daly
9. Decentralization and privatization: The promise and challenges of restorative justice in the United States, Joan Pennell and Elizabeth Beck
10. Conferencing in South America as an exercise of democracy? An exploration of the 'vertical' role of restorative justice, Daniela Bolivar, Leoberto Brancher, Ivan Navarro, and Manyori Vega
Part 3: Conferencing: European perspectives
11. Conferencing in Northern Ireland: Implementing restorative justice at the core of the criminal justice system, Estelle Zinsstag and Tim Chapman
12. Conferencing at the crossroads between rehabilitation and restorative justice, Inge Vanfraechem, Katrien Lauwaert, and Melanie Decocq
13. Restorative justice in the welfare state: Conferencing in the Nordic countries, Anna Eriksson
14. Most things look better when arranged in a circle - Family Group Conferencing empowers societal developments in The Netherlands, Rob Van Pagee, Jan Van Lieshout, and Annemieke Wolthuis
15. Conferencing: Conclusions and way forward, Ivo Aertsen

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