Reference : Twenty Years of Restorative Justice in Belgian Prisons: Traces and Critical Questions
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Law, criminology & political science : Criminology
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
Twenty Years of Restorative Justice in Belgian Prisons: Traces and Critical Questions
Dubois, Christophe mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences sociales > Socio. proc. de gouv. et de digi. des orga. et des marchés >]
In press
Sicurezza e scienze sociali
Franco Angeli Edizioni
[en] Restorative justice ; policymaking ; policy implementation ; policy embeddedness ; controversies
[en] This article accounts for a prison policy initiated in Belgium in 1998 that aimed at re-shaping the culture of detention towards a culture of ‘restorative justice’. This analysis first illuminates the relationship between knowledge and policy in the policymaking process, but also in the top-down implementation process. The article then assesses the current embeddedness of restorative jus-tice ideas and practices in Flemish and French-speaking prison policies. The discussion finally points out some critical ques-tions raised by the concept of restorative justice, its political and legal inscriptions (Freeman & Sturdy, 2015), and some of the paradoxes it entails in terms of ‘institutionalised alternative’ (Bastard & Cardia-Vonèche, 2000) and ‘retribution and/or res-toration’ (Albrecht, 2011; Pavlich, 2013).
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