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Neil Chakraborti and Jon Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308768

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.001.0001

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Restorative Approaches to Working with Hate Crime Offenders

Restorative Approaches to Working with Hate Crime Offenders

Chapter:
(p.243) Seventeen Restorative Approaches to Working with Hate Crime Offenders
Source:
Responding to hate crime
Author(s):

Mark Austin Walters

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447308768.003.0018

This chapter brings the theory of restorative justice together with its practice in cases involving hate crime. The data presented here illustrates the different ways that restorative practices have been used to effectively challenge offenders' prejudices which, in turn, has helped to reduce the recurrence of hate-motivated incidents. In particular, the chapter emphasises the role that restorative practitioners must play in facilitating inclusive dialogue between offenders and victims. It is these dialogical processes which support the formation of empathic connections between offenders and victims. Such connections help to break down the cultural barriers that previously divide the stakeholders of hate crimes. Examples of reparative work that is tailored to the moral learning of perpetrators of hate crime are also highlighted as encouraging offender edification. Finally, the chapter highlights the ways in which practitioners can best guard against the re-victimisation of participants during direct restorative meetings. It is hoped that the findings explored in this chapter will assist in the creation of policies that more effectively respond to hate crime.

Keywords:   restorative justice, hate crime, transformations, re-victimisation, perpetration

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