Police as Restorative Justice Facilitators
Police not only divert cases to restorative justice programmes, in some they actuallly facilitate the restorative encounters.
- Hafsteinsson, Hafsteinn Gunnar. The implementation of restorative justice in Iceland: A comparison of police- and expert-led conferencing
- On first of October 2006 the Ministry of Justice in Iceland launch a restorative justice pilot project. Building on the pilot project data, this thesis evaluates the implementation of restorative justice into the criminal justice system in Iceland by asking victims, offenders and other participants in police- and expert-led conferencing to answer questionnaires' relating to these two types of restorative justice practices to crime. The thesis compares its results with findings from a review conducted by Paul McCold (1998) who more than a decade ago challenged concerns on police facilitated conferencing. The data examined in the present thesis support Paul McCold's findings that police officers are capable of conducting conferences in a highly restorative manner when dealing with minor degree offences and that conferencing is an effective restorative justice practice that should be encouraged when conducted by police officers or trained professionals.(author's abstract)