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How can restorative justice contribute to desistance from crime?
Thu 20 April 2017, 13:00 – 16:30 BST
Restorative justice is a process that brings together the person who is responsible for a crime and the direct victim to safely discuss the harm caused by the crime and how it could be put right. What potential does this have to reduce the chances of further offending? This event brings together experts on restorative justice and desistance from crime to explore this question.
Tony Ward (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Fergus McNeill (University of Glasgow)
Peter Woolf (Why me?)
Pete White (Positive Prison? Positive Futures…)
Professor Tony Ward of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is a clinical psychologist who has written extensively on rehabilitation, desistance and the relevance of restorative justice, including the development of the 'Good Lives Model'.
Prof Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow had a career in social work before coming into academic teaching and research. He is now a leading international thinker on the concept of desistance and the role of criminal justice practice.
Peter Woolf is a former prolific burglar who experienced a restorative justice meeting with one of his victims, Will Riley, when in prison. They went on to found the charity Why Me?, which 'champions the cause for greater access for victims of crime to Restorative Justice throughout England and Wales'.
The dialogue will be chaired by Pete White, CEO of Positive Prison? Positive Futures…, an organisation that draws upon the lived experiences of people who have been subject to punishment in order to improve Scotland’s criminal justice system.
Participants will be invited to question the key contributors, exchange views and consider how restorative justice could be further developed in Scotland.
The event is being held in the South Gallery at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. Lunch is provided from 1pm and the event will begin at 1:30pm. The event will include a short break for tea and coffee, ending by 4:30pm.