Restorative Justice, Youth Violence, and Policing: A Review of the Evidence

Hobson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-8081-6699, Twyman-Ghoshal, Anamika ORCID: 0000-0003-4076-6687, Banwell-Moore, Rebecca ORCID: 0000-0001-5568-4831 and Ash, Daniel P. ORCID: 0000-0002-7486-2127 (2022) Restorative Justice, Youth Violence, and Policing: A Review of the Evidence. Laws, 11 (4). ART 62. doi:10.3390/laws11040062

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Restorative justice seeks to bring those that have created harm together with those that have been harmed, and often stands in contrast to retributive and punitive approaches to justice that centre the state in the responses to crime and harm. Restorative justice approaches are becoming increasingly integrated into parts of the criminal justice system, and this paper examines the evidence for such applications in the context of youth violence and policing. The evidence is built on work conducted for the Metropolitan Police Service, the UKs largest police force with over 30,000 officers serving 8 million people in and around London. It does this through a Rapid Evidence Assessment, which utilises the search and sifting principles of systematic reviews on a more limited basis, tailored to the needs of a specific audience, and conducted within a limited timescale. The results of the assessment are broken down into three areas: benefits, challenges, and deployment considerations. The studies identified through the assessment suggest that restorative justice and restorative practice can form an important part of an overall strategy to help reduce both incidents of youth violence as well as the longer-term impacts of that violence when it has taken place. We conclude that in the context of violence and young people, effective restorative justice police practice should embrace a whole-system approach that incorporates multi-agency working and consistently engages with young people at risk of becoming violent offenders or victims. View Full-Text

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restorative justice; Policing; Restorative practice; Youth justice; Youth violence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology.
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: 15 Aug 2022 13:23
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 13:35

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