Conferencing and Restorative Justice: International Practices and Perspectives

Hardcover | December 22, 2012

EditorEstelle Zinsstag, Inge Vanfraechem

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Conferencing and Restorative Justice: International Practices and Perspectives offers 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 anddiscuss 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 justicecommunity 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 ofconferencing, 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 havedeveloped 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 Justice will be ofinterest to anyone involved in restorative justice practices, criminal justice and public policy.

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Conferencing and Restorative Justice: International Practices and Perspectives offers 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 ...

Estelle Zinsstag is a senior researcher working on the European FP7 research project ALTERNATIVE. She has joined the Leuven Institute of Criminology in 2008 first as an affiliate, and then as a project officer for the European Forum for Restorative Justice to lead a 2 year research project funded by the European Commission and entitle...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:December 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Inge Vanfraechem and Estelle Zinsstag: Conferencing: Setting the scenePart 1: Conferencing: Broadening the scope of restorative justice2. Estelle Zinsstag: Conferencing: A developing restorative justice practice3. Lode Walgrave: The need for clarity about restorative justice conferences4. Joanna Shapland: Comparing conferencing and mediation: Some evaluation results internationally5. Tim Chapman: 'That's how the light gets in': Facilitating restorative conferences6. Heather Strang: Conferencing and victimsPart 2: Conferencing: Inception, challenges, and newer developments7. Ashley Shearar and Gabrielle Maxwell: Revolution, decline, and renewal: Restorative youth justice in New Zealand8. Kathleen Daly: Conferences and gendered violence: Practices, politics, and evidence9. Joan Pennell and Elizabeth Beck: Decentralization and privatization: The promise and challenges of restorative justice in the United States10. Daniela Bolivar, Leoberto Brancher, Ivan Navarro, and Manyori Vega: Conferencing in South America as an exercise of democracy? An exploration of the 'vertical' role of restorative justicePart 3: Conferencing: European perspectives11. Estelle Zinsstag and Tim Chapman: Conferencing in Northern Ireland: Implementing restorative justice at the core of the criminal justice system12. Inge Vanfraechem, Katrien Lauwaert, and Melanie Decocq: Conferencing at the crossroads between rehabilitation and restorative justice13. Anna Eriksson: Restorative justice in the welfare state: Conferencing in the Nordic countries14. Rob Van Pagee, Jan Van Lieshout, and Annemieke Wolthuis: Most things look better when arranged in a circle - Family Group Conferencing empowers societal developments in The Netherlands15. Ivo Aertsen: Conferencing: Conclusions and way forward