Restorative Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Examining a Restorative Reasoning Programme in a Women’s Prison

Rees, Ella and Hobson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8081-6699 (2021) Restorative Practice in the Criminal Justice System: Examining a Restorative Reasoning Programme in a Women’s Prison. Laws, 10 (4). Art 95. doi:10.3390/laws10040095

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This paper is an analysis of a six-week Restorative Reasoning Programme that took place with 13 women in a UK women’s prison. It is an exploratory evaluation based on an adapted version of the QUALIPREV scheme. This two-stage evaluation examines both the processes of the programme, in terms of how well it ran, as well as the outcomes of the programme, in terms of how effective it was in supporting the women to address problem behaviours. Data comprise interviews with the two programme designers and facilitators and with two Prison staff responsible for activities and training; the programme materials used during the scheme; session evaluation forms; and post-programme self-completion reflections from the women engaged in the programme. Overall, the scheme had a range of positive impacts for the women: many expressed a change in attitude, including being more open for discourse and discussion around the harm they may have caused, being more willing to consider the repair needed in their personal relationships, and in some cases seeking subsequent referrals for further restorative work.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restorative justice; Restorative practice; Prison; Women in prison; Recidivism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology. > HV6001 Criminology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Jonathan Hobson
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2021 16:53
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 12:28

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