Skip to main content

Aspirations of restorative justice proponents and experiences of participants in family group conferences

Zernova, Margarita

Authors

Dr Margarita Zernova Margarita.Zernova@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Criminology and Programme Director for MA in Criminal Justice and Crime Control



Abstract

This article will examine some key aspirations of restorative justice advocates. It will do so on the basis of the evidence collected in the course of an empirical study conducted in one family group conferencing project. The article will demonstrate that there is a significant gap between aspirations of proponents and practical realities of restorative justice. Possible explanations for the existence of the gap will be suggested. It will be argued that the findings of this study support some concerns of critics about dangers resulting from pursuing restorative ideals in practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007-05
Journal BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 1464-3529
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 47
Issue 3
Pages 491-509
APA6 Citation Zernova, M. (2007). Aspirations of restorative justice proponents and experiences of participants in family group conferences. The British journal of criminology, 47(3), 491-509. doi:10.1093/bjc/azl063
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azl063
Keywords Pathology and Forensic Medicine; Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); Law; Social Psychology
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article/47/3/491/563333