Leading edge information and ideas from two of the UK’s most respected practitioners and authorities. A handbook for people who want to make a difference when working with prisoners. It suggests the tools for this and offers guidance – and is wholly up to speed with what is happening in UK prisons. Essential reading for every RJ practitioner and student; One of the most important penal reform books for years – Part of a major initiative across UK prisons; Designed to be used in conjunction with the free toolkits available for download here Restorative Justice in Prisons was launched at Brixton Prison in 2006. Prison as an institution is sometimes taken to represent the opposite of restorative justice. The culture of prisons includes coercion, highly structured and controlled regimes, banishment achieved through physical separation, and blame and punishment – whereas restorative justice values empowerment, voluntarism, respect, and treating people as individuals.
Recent developments in some prisons demonstrate a far more welcoming environment for restorative work. Examples such as reaching out to victims of crime, providing prisoners with a range of opportunities to make amends and experimenting with mediation in response to conflicts within prisons show that it is possible to implement restorative justice principles in everyday prison activities. Guided by restorative justice, prisons can become places of healing and personal transformation, serving the community as well as those directly affected by crime: victims and offenders. This new book advocates the further expansion of restorative justice in prisons. Building on a widespread interest in the concept and its potential, the authors have produced a guide to enable prisons and the practitioners who work in and with them to translate the theory into action.
‘This book is evidence that restorative approaches have much to offer the prison services in seeking to make their operations effective in meeting prisoner and public needs… It successfully translates theory into practice and provides a model for organisational and cultural change in prisons’: Dobrinka Chankova, International Review of Victimology
‘What strikes you as you read through this text is the sheer simplicity with which Edgar and Newell have captured the changes that are so apparently needed in the prison system today’: Andy Bain, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth