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Restorative Justice: The Empowerment Model

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ISBN13: 9781876067168
ISBN: 1876067160
Published: January 2004
Publisher: The Federation Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99

The primary aim of this book is to equip the reader with a thorough understanding of restorative justice philosophy, theory and good practice. In doing so it presents a powerful challenge to many current accounts of the criminal justice system. Charles Barton uses a unifying and overarching principle of empowerment to provide a distinct conceptual framework for restorative justice theory and practice.

He puts forward a step-by-step implementation process which includes restorative meeting facilitation, complete with seating plans and scripted prompts for mediators, keepers, and facilitators. Barton emphasises the importance of each participant in a restorative justice meeting - the victims, offenders and their supporters as well as professionals such as police, social workers and legal advocates.

Successful programmes must consistently and reliably achieve maximally restorative outcomes for all of them. Practitioners need always keep this objective in mind. Barton's book should strengthen their comprehension and facilitate application of the practical process.

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Part I The Theory Behind the Empowerment Model of Restorative Justice Conferencing: A Critique of the Present Criminal Justice System; The Empowerment Model; Social and Moral Psychological Mechanisms in Restorative Justice. Part II Implementing the Empowerment Model: A Comparison of Different Restorative Justice Conferencing Models; For Facilitators - A Guide to Running Conferences; For Participants - Victims, Offenders, Supporters and Professionals; For Program Managers, Referring Agents and Policy Makers; Concluding Remarks. Appendix: Script for Facilitators.