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Articles describing and discussing a variety of restorative justice programmes introduced in prisons by the government and by non-governmental organizations.

Feasey, Simon and Clarke, Rebecca and Williams, Patrick. An Evaluation of the Prison Fellowship Sycamore Tree Programme: based on a statistical analysis of Crime Pics II data.
Within the context of the Sycamore Tree Programme, the questionnaire has been used as an evaluative measure, assessing at both the pre and post programme stages. In doing so a difference measure can be calculated that looks at the degree of change from before to after the programme and therefore can be used to inform about programme impact/effectiveness. Central to the Sycamore Tree programme is the victim empathy area. In this regard, analysis of the V (victim empathy) scale is crucial in terms of evaluating the effectiveness of the Sycamore programme for its participants. (excerpt)
Criminal Justice System (England). Restorative Justice Mapping Exercise of UK Prisons
As part of the Government’s commitment to raise the profile of Restorative Justice (RJ) throughout all Criminal Justice agencies, last July we carried out a mapping exercise involving all establishments to find out how much RJ activity, victim awareness and reparative work is currently taking place. We would like to thank everyone who was involved with the replies. RJ is about managed contact between victims and offenders, in order for victims to get answers to their questions, tell the offender what the real impact of their offending was and receive an apology. Offenders are given the opportunity to make amends for their crime, either to the victim themselves or to the community. The strategy document on RJ, issued in 2003 stated that the Government aims to maximise the use of RJ in the Criminal Justice System as it serves to increase victims’ satisfaction and may reduce re-offending. (excerpt)
Edgar, Kimmett and Solomon, Enver. Making Prisoners' Voices Matter
A new study by the Prison Reform Trust, Having Their Say: The work of prisoner councils, advocates that prison forums should be expanded so that prisoners are consulted about policy in every prison in England and Wales. Our report describes how councils are organised, the kinds of issues they consider, their impact on prison policies and practices, and wider benefits for the prison community. The study was based on a survey of 26 prisoner councils, visits to seven of them, and interviews with prison governors, representatives and prisoners who were not on the council. This article explores the relational benefits of such prisoner councils. (excerpt)
Newell, Tim. Restorative Justice in Prisons in England and Wales: Project led by Tim Newell
Restorative principles have an important contribution to make to create safer communities. From the very first contact with the victim to the resettlement of an offender there are opportunities to improve on traditional policy and practice. It is to consider this application of restorative processes in the Prison Service that the project has been set up, led by Tim Newell, from October 2001 till March 2002. As well as having a direct application to the considerations implicit in the recommendations of the Halliday Report concerning sentencing the work of restorative justice addresses many of the newly stated Purpose and Aims of the Home Office. (excerpt)
Anderson, Farida. Creating safe spaces in Prison so Black Prisoners can Talk
We presently operate a service which facilitates an opportunity for Black Men in English Prisons to come together and share their experiences plus provide opportunities of dialogue between them and prison personnel. It has long been recognised institutional racism exists and there is a cross cultural barrier in communications. The groups exists to overcome issues that arise over difference and race to ensure the prison facilities accommodate difference along with compliance with Race Relations act legislation. The group is formed and the men take roles of deciding the agenda and facilitating sessions. We recently have produced a promotional video that has the men talking about what it is like for them in prison and how the group empowers them to cope within such hostile environments. The charity has been founded from the roots of people being disaffected as prisoners' families and has established itself to be a major service provider in delivering appropriately culturally sensitive service. Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development, Massey University,
Semenchuk, Mike and Patel, Sunita and Owens-Rawle, Derek and Knight, Victoria and Curry, Devinder and Williams, Brian. Restorative Justice in the Juvenile Secure Estate
This research was funded by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales in order to establish the scope of restorative work currently being undertaken within custodial and secure establishments, and to identify and disseminate good practice. It was undertaken by the Community and Criminal Justice Division at De Montfort University, Leicester between 2002 and 2003. The full report describes the use of a range of restorative interventions in Young Offender Institutions (YOIs), Local Authority Secure Units (LASUs)1 and Secure Training Centres (STCs) (collectively known as the juvenile secure estate). The research aimed to establish the extent to which restorative justice influences the regimes and programmes in secure institutions, as well as to identify good practice that might usefully be replicated elsewhere. (excerpt)
Liebmann, Marian. Restorative Justice and the Prison System in the UK
There has been a recent burgeoning interest in Restorative Justice (RJ) in prisons in the UK, much of it dependent on the enthusiasm of local governors and staff, and the particular circumstances in those prisons. In the UK there are no ‘systematic’ (i.e. regular and predictable, thought out) or ‘systemic’ (i.e. involving the whole prison system) RJ processes which apply to all prisons. Nevertheless it is possible to categorise different forms of RJ, and develop a framework which relates RJ initiatives to different aspects of the prison system and the criminal justice system in general. Initiatives can be categorised by the amount of interface they have with outside bodies, the criminal justice system in general, or the justice system within the prison. This paper is an attempt to do this and to see if such a classification is useful. (excerpt)
Francis, Matthew and Knott, Kim. Final Report: Leeds pilot faiths consultation exercise on restorative justice and the rehabilitation of young male ex-offenders
This consultation exercise and research study on faith communities, criminal justice and the rehabilitation of ex-offenders was commissioned by the Home Office and managed by Leeds Faith Communities Liaison Forum through the office of Leeds Church Institute. It ran part-time in two phases from 20 October 2003 to 21 November (when an interim report was presented) and then to 31 January 2004. The research was carried out by Professor Kim Knott and Mr Matthew Francis of the Community Religions Project at the University of Leeds in association with members of the Community Chaplaincy Project of HM Prison Leeds and council members of Leeds Faith Communities Liaison Forum. The two objectives of the project were as follows: (a) to conduct a time-limited local faiths consultation exercise in Leeds to examine the effectiveness of local faith, interfaith and other relevant bodies, networks and mechanisms for the gathering of views on an aspect of Government policy and practice; (b) to gather, analyse and present data on (i) the attitudes of faith communities to the rehabilitation of young male offenders (and to a lesser extent to the sentencing of offenders), and (ii) the role of faith communities in their support. In the remainder of this report we shall describe the research process and methods we used (see also appendices) before presenting and evaluating the project findings with reference to these twin objectives. (excerpt)
Hoyle, Carolyn. Restorative Justice Working Group Discussion Paper.
This discussion paper provides the background to the issues we considered at the first meeting of the Restorative Justice Working Group and a précis of the focus of our discussion. (excerpt)
Nation, David and Monk-Shepherd, Rosa. "Mediation in Prison following Incest"
Rosa Monk-Shepherd, now a Probation Officer in Devon, in collaboration with David Nation, then of Plymouth Mediation, outlines the potential gains for victim/survivor and perpetrator, of mediation initiatives during the offender’s prison sentence.
Dinsdale, Jennifer. Restorative Justice in HM Prison Holme House: A Research Paper
The International Centre for Prison Studies initiated the Restorative Prison Project to examine the conceptual framework for imprisonment and to work with the Prison Service in Great Britain to apply restorative principles in the prison setting. One site for this work is HM Prison Holme House in northeast England. In 2001 Jennifer Dinsdale, a graduate student unaffiliated with the Restorative Prison Project, conducted research into the feasibility of restorative schemes in Holme House. She looked particularly at prisoners’ perceptions of the impact of their crimes on their victims, the openness of prisoners to engaging in reparative activities, and prisoners’ perspectives on their relationship to the community outside the prison. This paper reports her research findings.

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