Restorative justice in Belgian prisons: The results of an empirical research

Nikolaos Stamatakis, Christophe Vandeviver

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Justice - when spelled with a capital 'J' - should be discursive [31] and based on equal respect ([40]: 206, 210) allowing a plurality of voices within the discourse. Particularly in the present research, this thread of pluralism is important. Prisoners' voices have rarely been heard. Yet, if we wish to be true to the principle that restorative justice is discursive, it follows that the discourse is not complete without also accommodating their voices. To date, little research attention has been paid to the inner motivations of imprisoned offenders for willing to participate in restorative justice initiatives, as well as to their perceptions about their relationships with the victim and the community and the impact of religion on them. Hence, the present empirical study, conducted in several prisons across Belgium, endeavours to shed light on these aspects that have been theoretically overlooked, providing valuable information at policy-level about the design of future restorative justice programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-111
Number of pages33
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Social Sciences
  • Law


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