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Dan Van Ness: Restorative justice and the problem of minority over-representation

Over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system is a problem around the world. It raises questions about the fairness of the justice system itself and of how larger social justice problems influence the justice system.

Mar 11, 2015 , , , ,

Does restorative justice work? An evaluation of the restorative justice programmes of Phoenix Zululand

from the chapter by Geoff Harris:

This chapter provides a case study of a bottom-up restorative justice intervention aimed at encouraging prisoners to take responsibility for their behaviour and at transforming relationships between prisoners and their families.  From focus groups and interviews with ex-prisoners and their families, the study found that forgiveness and reconciliation was frequently achieved, a finding which has important implications for the extremely high levels of recidivism in South Africa.

Mar 11, 2015 , , , , , , ,

Restorative justice in cases of domestic violence

from the report by Drost, Haller, Hofinger, van der Kooij, Lunnemann and Wolthuis:

...Intimate partner violence [IVP] may comprise a number of different behaviours, causes or sources of violence and consequences for victims and their children. Nevertheless, it is crucial to distinguish between coercive control in intimate relationships (intimate terrorism) and situational couple violence. 

In contrast to situational couple violence, intimate terrorism refers to recurrent, escalating violent acts in combination with the exercise of power and control: the victim is isolated and lives in permanent fear. Partner violence takes place on a continuum, with severely traumatized and isolated vulnerable victims living in fear,to strong victims who have support from family, friends and advocates.

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