British Journal of Criminology , 48 3 , — Nonetheless, in the criminological imagination, restorative justice and desistance are often seen as birds of the same feather. Below, I argue that there are five, primary areas of overlap between the two bodies of work that have created the synergies we see in this Special Issue and elsewhere.
Who are the criminals? The politics of crime policy from the age of Roosevelt to the age of Reagan. Princeton : Princeton University Press. Third, both bodies of research assign a central role to the power of narrative and self-identity and to a lesser degree the rituals that sustain them. Wright, Wright, M. Making good: prisons, punishment and beyond. London : Burnett Books. Making good: how ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives. Finally, both bodies of research are fundamentally premised on a belief in redeemability or the idea that human beings are not of fixed moral character and even the worst behaved among us have something positive to offer society.
Of this list, it may be the last of these commonalities that is the most important but also the most radical, explaining why both topics have been embraced with such excitement in the field. They have come of age. It is badly needed.
Restorative justice, self interest and responsible citizenship. Zehr Zehr, H. Changing lenses: a new focus for crime and justice. Scottdale : Herald press. Although recent history has proven that restorative justice interventions can function successfully as an add-on to traditional criminal justice structures Hoyle, Hoyle, C. Victims, the criminal process, and restorative justice. Morgan , M. Reiner eds. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
Institutionalizing restorative justice. London : Routledge. A gracious legacy: changing lenses in New Zealand. Restorative Justice , 3 3 , — Positive criminology in practice. In doing so, desistance research acted as a vivid reminder to the field that, as damaging and harmful as it can be, criminality is typically short-lived, occupying only a fleeting period in the human life course for most individuals. The desistance paradigm in correctional practice: from programmes to lives.
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In search of common ground: the importance of theoretical orientations in criminology and criminal justice. Criminology and Public Policy , 4, — Welcome home? Western Criminology Review , 4 2 , 91 — Rehabilitation, crime and justice. Basingstok : Palgrave.
VOM can occur for a range of offences and only if the offender accepts responsibility and both parties agree to participate. Likewise, desistance research, from its origins, seeks to understand desistance as a process of community reintegration, a two-way street between individuals and the wider community see esp. The project provides meaningful employment using apprenticeships such as plumbing; plastering; carpentry jobs ; peer inspirational support friends ; and stable quality accommodation houses. Eisner, M. From the assembly of chairs in a circle in a family-group conference, to the decision of who should speak first in a victim-offender mediation session, every aspect of the restorative ritual has been dissected and debated to maximise the impact of the encounter on all parties involved.
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Criminology and Criminal Justice , 6 1 , 39 — Brayford , F. Deering eds. Creative work with offenders pp. At the heart of what Hagan Hagan, J. Thinking about crime. New York : Basic Books. Both restorative justice and desistance research challenges this widely shared Western mythology. Conflicts as property. British Journal of Criminology , 17 1 , 1 — Likewise, desistance research, from its origins, seeks to understand desistance as a process of community reintegration, a two-way street between individuals and the wider community see esp.
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The relational context of desistance: some implications and opportunities for social policy. Both understand crime like all human activity to be enmeshed in social networks and relationships, not the result of bad choices of atomised individuals see esp. In this framework, traditional rehabilitation, like punishment, is therefore too individually focused on the individual and does not recognise the socially constructed nature of justice. The pioneering restorative justice scholar Bazemore Bazemore, G. After shaming, whither reintegration?
Restorative justice and relational rehabilitation. Walgrave eds. Monsey : Criminal Justice Press. Ex-offender reintegration: theory and practice. Crime in the making: pathways and turning points through life. Cambridge : Harvard University Press. Work as a turning point in the life course of criminals: a duration model of age, employment, and recidivism.
American Sociological Review , 65, — Shared beginnings, divergent lives: delinquent boys to age Some observers suggest that this more agentic vision of the change process could revolutionise the way we think about rehabilitation. Adams Adams, K. Developmental aspects of adult crime. Thornberry ed. New Brunswick : Transaction. Substantial and lasting changes in criminal behaviour rarely come about only as a result of passive experience, and such changes are best conceptualized as the outcome of a process that involves significant participation by the offender, who, in many respects, acts as his or her own change agent.
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