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Stella Maile and David Griffiths

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306863

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306863.001.0001

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Restorative justice, community action and public protection

Restorative justice, community action and public protection

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(p.127) Eight Restorative justice, community action and public protection
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Public engagement and social science
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Kieran McCartan

Nikki McKenzie

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306863.003.0008

In the UK offenders are dealt with through punishment and/or rehabilitation models. One approach which has been steadily growing in popularity is restorative justice. This is paradoxical as we are living in an era of growing community and state punitiveness. This chapter discusses restorative justice as a means of reintegrating offenders, particularly stigmatized offenders, back into communities and how this fits in with the current coalition government’s social and criminal justice policies. In order to give the chapter an empirical grounding it will focus on two offender populations, youth offenders and sex offenders, as they are prominent in current criminal justice policy and are seen as problematic offender populations by the media and the public at large.

Keywords:   restorative justice, sex offenders, youth, reintegration

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