Possibilities of prison-based restorative justice: transformation beyond recidivism [2020]

Research on restorative justice in prison settings has focused largely on the relationship between restorative and criminal justice, or on the potential of such programs to reduce recidivism rates among participants. Little research focuses on possible other transformations that restorative justice can engender among incarcerated individuals. We address this gap by describing the outcomes of an evaluation of Mending Bridges, a restorative justice program implemented at three men’s correctional institutions in New England. Our research points to the transformative potential of this program, not only among individuals but also in changing behaviors and relationships that have an impact on the prison community as a whole.

Karen Ross & Denise Muro
Contemporary Justice Review: Issues in Criminal, Social, and Restorative Justice, Volume 23, 2020 – Issue 3