Exactly one year on from the eruption of widespread riots and looting across the country, IARS , the RJRN and the Centre for Restorative Justice are proud to announce the release of Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice with Street Group Violence by Professor Theo Gavrielides. The book is a ground-breaking piece of new research into the lessons that can be taken from the restorative justice framework and applied to street group violence in the wake of the 2011 riots, along with numerous others around the world.

As is widely noted, the escalating significance of rioting and other forms of street group violence has posed great challenges for overstretched criminal justice systems, which is compounded by an economic crisis making governments uneasy about the rising costs of prosecution and imprisonment.

Despite the impressive body of literature on restorative justice, its potential with street group violence remains largely unexplored. As Dr Gavrielides notes: “the very concept of group violence takes away individual responsibility…” and while “we know that restorative justice can render positive results when applied within the context of interpersonal crime” we do not yet know the full prospects of applying this model to group offenders under circumstances that take away individual responsibility.

Waves of Healing uses the case study method to investigate examples in India, Greece, Canada and England, where restorative justice is considered within the context of street group violence. Core issues are identified and concrete recommendations are made, as new policies, practices and research are being proposed to a poorly understood area of growing critical importance to the criminal justice system – and contemporary Western society more generally.

The book will also be debated by a wide range of academics and criminal justice practitioners and government officials at IARS’ Annual Conference this September, an event exploring community-led solutions to crime in different settings.

“Is my son any different from many of the young people down there that night? Probably not. Should they be held accountable and make reparations? Absolutely! Restorative justice is not a solution that should be viewed as weak on crime, but rather one that is strong on community(young rioter’s mother).

For more information on the book and how to order, along with a sample copy of the book, go to http://www.iars.org.uk/content/RJ_Riots_book2012


Professor Gavrielides’ profile and publications can be accessed via here

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  1. Contact: Dr. Theo Gavrielides, 159 Clapham Road, London SW9 0PU.
  2. IARS is a leading, international think-tank with a charitable mission to give everyone a chance to forge a safer, fairer and more inclusive society.
  3. For more details about the IARS 2012 Annual Conference, where the book will be debated, including the full event programme, go to www.iars.org.uk/events
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