Police as Restorative Justice Facilitators
Police not only divert cases to restorative justice programmes, in some they actuallly facilitate the restorative encounters.
- Grant, Diana R. and Paul, Richard C. and Meyer, Jon'a F.. Peacekeepers turned peacemakers: police as mediators.
- We discuss the potential of law enforcement officers to function as mediators in everyday disputes encountered in the field. Examples are drawn from mediation and peacemaking occurring in a variety of contexts, focusing on a description of the Navajo peacemaking program currently in operation, using interviews with Navajo law enforcement professionals who discuss the benefits of officers serving as mediators/peacemakers in the field. Peacemaking is a community-oriented policing tool with the potential to reduce crime and simultaneously improve public perceptions of the police. By enabling citizens and victims to solve their own problems, the police can earn the respect of the communities they serve. Programs such as those discussed here represent a way for police to transform themselves from officials primarily concerned with keeping the peace to those making it. (author's abstract)
- 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)