Eight: Restorative justice, community action and public protection

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In the UK offenders are dealt with through punishment and/or rehabilitation models. One approach which has been steadily growing in popularity is restorative justice. This is paradoxical as we are living in an era of growing community and state punitiveness. This chapter discusses restorative justice as a means of reintegrating offenders, particularly stigmatized offenders, back into communities and how this fits in with the current coalition government’s social and criminal justice policies. In order to give the chapter an empirical grounding it will focus on two offender populations, youth offenders and sex offenders, as they are prominent in current criminal justice policy and are seen as problematic offender populations by the media and the public at large.

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