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Articles discussing restorative justice in prison generally. These will address many of the topics given in this section.

Restorative justice for veterans: The San Francisco Sheriff 's Department's Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER)
from the article by Sunny Schwartz and Leslie Levitas: ....Veterans represent a rapidly growing segment of the jail population whose characteristics mirror those of the general jail population and include histories of substance abuse, inconsistent work histories and challenges related to maintaining family relationships. Like most prisoners, they receive few services while incarcerated to address the myriad of health, mental health, and psychosocial issues that contribute to their incarceration and pose challenges upon release. The military discharge status of most justice-involved vets—less than honorable—makes them ineligible for many of the benefits and services offered by the Veterans Administration (VA).
Because we have a system that is known as the 'justice system', I understand that we probably need to differentiate Restorative Justice from mere 'justice'. [...]
The promise of restorative justice: New approaches for criminal justice and beyond
reviewed by Martin Wright It is becoming increasingly clear that the principles of restorative justice can be used, as the editors say, outside the formal criminal justice system, and this book bears witness to that. Half is about criminal justice, and half about other applications in schools and elsewhere. The contributors reflect the book’s origins among a group at Fresno Pacific University in California, but other chapters come from Bulgaria, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
Mpagi Edward Edmary's Dream is Coming True!
Instead of harboring resentment, anger, and bitterness about the nearly 20 years Edward spent on death row under Idi Amin's reign of terror in Uganda [...]
Ron Keine's story
Thank you, Ron, for coming online here and being available to communicate with readers. I met Ron when I attended an event in Texas in [...]
Death penalty.
My name is mpagi Edward Edmary,am a former death row inmate convicted of alleged murder of a person who was actually alive. i will never [...]
convicting the innocent.
Thank you my brothers and friends for your kind words. In sitting down to write this paper I had to ask myself the question " [...]
restorative justice & convicting the innocent
Thank you for posting this article by Ron Keine, an innocent man who served time on death row. Restorative justice applies to terrible cases like [...]
From death row to elusive freedom
from the article by Ron Keine on Other Words: Now I can eat eggs every morning. But every night I relive my death row experiences. Every day, I still struggle to contain the anger rising inside of me. Frankly, every time I awaken from this nightmare of finding myself back on death row, I'm embarrassed. I have been out for a long time. I should be over it by now. But every time I get lost in a book or daydream, when I wake up in the morning, or look up from a crossword puzzle or read a newspaper, the feeling creeps up on me. I'm back on death row. And I am not alone.
Political Prisoners are Real
Prisoners send me blog posts for the blog POLITICAL PRISONRS at These are real letters sent to me to be posted online, by prisoners [...]
inhumane treatment of prisoners
I appreciate the posting of this article by Mr. Kim Workman. I have the greatest respect for his work. It is a sad fact that [...]
Can prisoners also be victims? Promoting injustice through legislation
by Kim Workman Last week’s introduction of the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims (Expiry and Application Dates) Amendment Bill, brings to mind one of the most shameful incidents in the history of New Zealand’s prison system. As Head of Prisons at the time, it gives me no great pleasure to reflect on the incident and the subsequent political response to it. In January 1993, three young prisoners at Mangaroa (now Hawkes Bay) prison were systematically beaten and tortured by prison officers. They held the young men naked in outside exercise yards, and used hit squads to repeatedly beat them over a three day period. The prisoners were initially denied access to medical support for injuries which included bruising and cracked bones.
Crowded prisons endanger workers, union says
from Joe Davidson's column in the Washington Post: "BOP prisons have become increasingly dangerous places to work, primarily because of serious correctional officer understaffing and prison inmate overcrowding problems," Phil Glover, a union official, told a congressional panel Tuesday. The inmate-to-staff ratio is more than one-third greater than it was in 1997, federal figures show.
Rethinking US prison policy: I
Part of an ongoing series of news and articles about a potentially significant revision of US prison policy. This one is from the New Mexico Independent: "Prison reform back on Richardson’s agenda"
Hagemann, Otmar. Restorative justice in prison?
According to Ottmar Hagemann, programs that could be classified as forms of restorative justice are currently being implemented in prisons in various countries. In this vein, Belgium has recently introduced what are called restorative justice consultants. One works in every prison in Belgium. Yet, inquires Hagemann, is the concept of restorative justice compatible with imprisonment? Hagemann explores the question by discussing abolitionism (advocacy for the elimination of prisons in favor of alternative forms of conflict resolution), restorative justice and abolitionism, the scope of restorative justice in terms of what crimes are and can be addressed, empirical evidence with respect to an in-prison program focusing on offender empathy for victims, and links between restorative justice theory and actual practice in prison settings.
Gavrielides, Theo. Restorative justice and the secure estate: Alternatives for young people in custody.
This report focuses on the use of restorative justice with young people in custody, and aims to achieve three objectives. Firstly, to provide an up-to-date descriptive account of restorative practices within the secure estate. This account looks at issues of classification, definition and understanding. Secondly, to present a critical overview of existing restorative practices with the objective of establishing the extent to which they influence the regimes and programmes of the secure estate. A cost-benefit analysis of restorative justice is also attempted. Thirdly, to look at the potential, barrier and enablers of a restorative justice strategy in the secure estate. (excerpt)
Editor. Kampala Declaration on Prison Conditions in Africa
Between 19-21 September 1996, 133 delegates from 47 countries, including 40 African countries, met in Kampala, Uganda. The President of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ministers of State, Prison Commissioners, Judges and international, regional and national non-governmental organisations concerned with prison conditions all worked together to find common solutions to the problems facing African prisons. The three days of intensive deliberations produced The Kampala Declaration on Prison Conditions in Africa which was adopted by consensus at the closure of the conference. (excerpt)
Penal Reform International. Africa’s recommendations for penal reform
This book is a compilation of Declarations, Plans of Action and ECOSOC Resolutions which make logical, practical, humane and cost-effective recommendations for penal reform, written specifically in and for the African context. Where implemented, these can reduce the unnecessary use of imprisonment and improve access to justice, while responding to the special needs of those prisoners who are particularly vulnerable and respecting the rights of victims. The texts resulted from a number of pan-African conferences organised by PRI, the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights and others over recent years It is hoped that the texts contained ion this publication will inspire to practical action those working for penal reform in Africa, and indeed, beyond. (excerpt)
Penal Reform International. Pratique de la Prison: do bon usage des regles penitentiaires internationales
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Editor. A Model for Good Prison Farm Management in Africa
In most prison services throughout Africa, the main expense aside from staff salaries is food for the prison ration which is invariably purchased from outside contractors. The funds allocated for these rations are often only sufficient for one meal per day which is inadequate both in terms of quantity and quality. Again, most prison services in Africa have access to substantial areas of land, but this land is either unproductive or under-producing. Farm managers are constrained by lack of resources. If Prisons come low down the list of government spending priorities, Farms appear low down the list of Prison budgeting priorities. This document provides a framework for Prison Services to consider in seeking ways to improve productivity in their prison farms that are: cost-effective; sustainable; and rights-based. The framework is drawn from farming and management practices in eastern and southern Africa and PRI's experience on the continent. It is not a blueprint, but illustrative of what can be done to maximise profitability with scarce resources. (excerpt)

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