Evaluation of three restorative courses in Dutch custodial institutions

Evaluation of three restorative courses in Dutch custodial institutions

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Summary

In recent years, an increase has been observed in restorative activities in the Dutch justice context that provide victims, offenders and other stakeholders with opportunities to respond to crimes in a personal manner and work on repairing material and intangible damage to, and between, parties. Restorative work with offenders in a detention setting is consistent with this development; the objective there is not primarily to bring offenders and victims together via mediation but to set in motion a process of awareness and restoration in offenders that have been convicted of a crime. This working method is also consistent with one of the pillars of the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI) charged with the detention of convicted offenders: 'detention, restoration and prevention'. DJI is striving for a more restorative prison culture over the coming years: a more open and restorative climate in the institutions (among prisoners and staff) so that more and better opportunities are created for working in a victim-focused and restorative manner. In line with this objective, this study aims to evaluate three restorative courses, two of which have been provided in Dutch custodial institutions for several years: the Puinruimen course (since 2004) and SOS (since 2006) for adult prisoners. The third course is DAPPER, designed in 2012, for juvenile prisoners, rolled out at the national level in November 2015.

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Author(s):
Zebel, S., Vroom, M., Ufkes, E.G.
Organization(s):
University Twente - Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS), WODC
Place of publication:
Enschede
Publisher:
University Twente - Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
Year of publication:
2016

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