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Restorative Justice in Prisons

Barb Toews and M. Kay Harris

in Social Work and Restorative Justice

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394641
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.003.0006
Restorative Justice in Prisons

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This chapter argues that the effects of incarceration and prisoners' reentry into the greater community intersects with social work through its concentration on criminal justice. Incarceration and reentry issues are also significant for social work at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. A number of restorative justice processes used within the criminal justice and penal system are reviewed here. A case study is presented which focuses on a unique event: incarcerated men watching a live theatrical performance of a series of vignettes dramatizing victims' experiences with crime and its aftermath. The case study demonstrates the transformative nature of art, shows the necessity for preparation and debriefing for restorative processes, and provides a model for bringing together unlikely partners, such as a prison advocacy organization, victim services, and the state Department of Corrections, around the issues of accountability, repair, and dialogue.

Keywords: mass incarceration; corrections; restorative justice dorms; collateral consequences incarceration; prisoner reentry; social work and criminal justice

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