This new book aims to explore the key issues and debates surrounding the question of the incorporation and institutionalisation of restorative justice within existing penal and criminal justice systems, an increasingly pressing issue given the rapid spread of restorative justice worldwide at both national and international levels. In doing so it aims to build bridges between those concerned with the practical institutionalisation of restorative justice on the one hand, and those engaged in more theoretical aspects of penal development and analysis on the other. It offers conceptual tools and a theoretical framework to help make sense of these developments, reflecting expertise drawn from analysis of developments in Europe, North America and Australasia.
Introduction 1. The prospect for institutionalization of restorative justice initiatives in western countries, Michael Tonroy 2. The vital context of restorative justice, Hans Boutellier 3. Beyond evangelical criminology: the meaning and significance of restorative justice, John Pratt 4. The intermediate position of restorative justice: the case of Belgium, Ivo Aertsen 5. Institutionalizing restorative justice? Transforming criminal justice? A critical view of the Netherlands, John Blad 6. Institutionalizing restorative justice in a cold, punitive climate, Adam Crawford 7. The French phantoms of restorative justice: the institutionalization of 'penal mediation', Jaques Faget 8. The institutionalization of restorative justice in Canada: effective reform or limited and limiting add-on?, Kent Roach 9. The institutionalization of principles in restorative justice - a case study from the UK, Robert E Mackay 10. Risk and restorative justice: governing through the democratic minimization of harms, Pat O'Malley 11. Reintegrative shaming and restorative justice: reconciliation or divorces?, Roger Matthews 12. Balancing the ethical and political: normative reflections on the institutionalization of restorative justice, Barbara Hudson 13. Epilogue, Ivo Aertsen, Tom Daems and Luc Robert