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Drawing together research, policy and practice for restorative justice

Mar 03, 2011

from the article on the IARS website:

The key aim of the project is to initiate an international debate that will assist the development of improved practices, better informed policy and more grounded research on restorative justice. The project will lead to a publication and the production of evidence based policy recommendations at a time when governments, the EU and international bodies such as the UN are seeking for effective, low cost, non-traditional crime reduction options that also serve the victim and the sense of justice and fairness in society.

Another aim of the project is to bring together key names in the field of restorative justice who are working on research, practice and policy but have not been able to communicate with each other before. This will help information exchange and the production of more informed, grounded policy recommendations.

Finally, the seminar will explore any gaps in the area of accreditation and standards of restorative justice. Pulling together the excellent work that has been done by a number of organisations will allow the movement to reflect on what has been done and, in consultation, decide what remains to be achieved.

.... It has been almost 3 years since the European Institute of Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) published Gavrielides T (2007) “Restorative justice theory and practice: addressing the discrepancy”. The book's fundings and recommendations were based on five surveys conducted over a period of 7 years some focusing on the use of restorative justice in the UK, others covering international practices and others examining serious and complex cases.

There is consensus in the literature that there is still a long way to go before the restorative justice movement can safely claim that its practitioners, researchers and policy makers are all moving in the same direction.

To collect new and additional evidence that will help bridge the persistent gap in the restorative justice movement, the project will carry out fieldwork in the form of a series of expert, international seminars. These will be carried out in partnership with the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) at Open University.

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Ali Gohar
Ali Gohar says:
Mar 05, 2011 04:02 AM

The modern world needs to understand before hand traditional, indigenous practises of the communities, implementing poverty elevation, peace building etc projects. In the western world we are lacking community structure while in the under-developed individualism is not introduced yet. For example mediation is an affective way in west, but arbitration is the most common in the developing world needs change. Women are equally participating in the process in the west, while lack of women participation is visible almost every where in the developing countries. Punishment is considered the only way for offender to be treated instead of community productive work common in modern and traditional both. Mental health is totally ignored every where as the focus is only on physical health. Gap between youth and elders is increasing and elder losing control on children and youth with the name of personal and common human rights slogan. Home, family, community non-formal education is replaced by school education for children brought up and the community left over every thing to teachers ,if not in modern world it is common in developing world. Indigenous, institutions are abolished and way of teaching like story telling, learning by doing is vanished. These are few areas of research in the field of RJ which I observe working with indigenous communities. May be other have more than me, Modernizing the traditional system is the only tool for sustainable peace and development any where in the world as RJ also evolve form the same indigenous system and now addressing the issues of modern world. If we want peace we will work for justice. Justice accessible, cheap, quick, rehabilitative, healing the wounds repair the relationship and keep community cohesion. You can still find all such in indigenous communities across the world but change makers impose not explore, use top down not bottom up approaches.

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