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Offenders No More: An Interdisciplinary Restorative Justice Dialogue

Edited by Theo Gavrielides, IARS International Institute, UK and Restorative Justice for All, UK

Book Description: Offender rehabilitation theory and practice have traditionally focused on curing "offenders" of their deviant tendencies by changing their habits, opportunities, personality and outlook on life. Consequently, a number of interventions have been developed within the criminal justice system that are said to be involved in helping offenders. Success is measured by recidivism rates. To this end, rehabilitation has become an important aim of sentencing, whether it be in the form of incarceration, community or monetary penalties. 
Recently, the foundations of rehabilitation theory and practice have been shaken. Rehabilitation is now seen by many as a threat to offenders' rights and humanitarian principles. Some have even argued that rehabilitation practices are harmful to offenders' chances of correction. Alongside these concerns, the entire paradigm on which our modern criminal justice systems are based has also been questioned. 
Alternative visions of justice have been moved out of the shadows in the hope that more effective processes are developed for safer and more just societies. One of these visions is encapsulated in restorative justice, which is based on the foundation of promoting human goods in the pursuit of restoration of harm and the correction of deviant behaviour. Restorative justice practices, such as mediation, circles and conferencing bring to the fore states of affairs, activities and experiences that are strongly associated with well-being and higher level of personal satisfaction and social functioning. They aim to create empathy and remorse, and through constructive and honest dialogue create a sense of responsibility in the "offender" and a feeling of empowerment and justice in the "victim". Within this framework, the labels of "victim" and "offender" collapse. 
A new approach to crime reduction and offender rehabilitation is thus needed. This ground-breaking, edited volume aims to respond to this call by bringing together inter-disciplinary thinking from criminology, affect-script psychology, sociology, political sciences and human rights, psychology and positive psychology, design and arts and social work.

The Psychology of Restorative Justice

Edited by Theo Gavrielides, IARS International Institute, UK and Restorative Justice for All, UK

Book Description: This ground-breaking collection dares to take the next step in the advancement of an autonomous, inter-disciplinary restorative justice field of study. It brings together criminology, social psychology, legal theory, neuroscience, affect-script psychology, sociology, forensic mental health, political sciences, psychology and positive psychology to articulate for the first time a psychological concept of restorative justice.

To this end, the book looked into the power structures of the restorative justice movement, the very psychology, motivations and emotions of the practitioners who implement it as well as the drivers of its theoreticians and researchers. Furthermore, it looked at the strengths and weakness of our own societies and the communities that are called to participate as parties in restorative justice. Their own biases, hunger for power and control, fears and hopes are also investigated. Also relevant was the psychology and dynamics between those it aims to reach as well as those who are funding it including policy makers and politicians. All these questions led to creating an understanding of the psychology of restorative justice. The book is essential reading for academics, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and campaigners.The volume concludes with a call for a move towards an independent restorative justice discipline that does not ignore its own psychology and the learning that we can take from it through the tools supplied by sciences. This is the first edited collection establishing a psychological concept of restorative justice.

Restorative Justice

Edited by Theo Gavrielides, IARS International Institute, UK and Restorative Justice for All, UK

"This volume brings together the leading work on restorative justice to achieve two objectives: to construct a comprehensive and up-to-date conceptual framework for restorative justice suitable even for newcomers; and to challenge the barriers of restorative justice in the hope of taking its theory and practice a step further. The selected articles answer fundamental questions about restorative justice and challenge the concept by bringing into the debate the human rights and equality discourses. Also included is material based on empirical testing of restorative justice claims, especially those impacting on reoffending rates, victim satisfaction and reintegration."

A Life Worth Dying For: The Jim Mandelin Story

By Jim Mandelin with Don Rock and Alison Diesvelt

A Life Worth Dying For: The Jim Mandelin Story, by Jim Mandelin with Don Rock and Alison Diesvelt, is the true story of a man, who endured a childhood strewn with daily incidents of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at home, and constant bullying at school; who survived years as a youth on the streets succumbing to the predations of pedophiles and to addiction; who did multiple stints in prison and was eventually recruited by a biker gang in prison for work as a ‘debt collector on the outside’; who eventually became a physical wreck because of addiction, facing cardiac arrest at twenty-two and a near-death experience that changed his life forever. A Life Worth Dying For is woven with fleeting moments of kindness by relative strangers, which ultimately fused Jim with the will to live. This is a story written to raise awareness of the effects of childhood abuse and neglect, bullying and discrimination and how these circumstances so often create conditioning for criminality and gang membership. It is a real-life testament intended to deepen your understanding of what it is to be human, and of the power of kindness to affect critical change in our world

Η ΣΧΟΛΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΜΕΣΟΛΑΒΗΣΗ. Εκπαιδεύοντας τους μαθητές στη διαχείριση της βίας και του εκφοβισμού

Συγγραφέας: Β. Αρτινοπούλου
Συνεργασία: Χρ. Καλαβρή, Η. Μιχαήλ
Έκδοση 2010, Σελ.: 168, ISBN: 978-960-272-753-9
Περιγραφή: Το έργο «Η Σχολική Διαμεσολάβηση» έχει ως στόχο, αφενός την εξέταση του φαινομένου της σχολικής βίας και του σχολικού εκφοβισμού (bullying) και αφετέρου την παρουσίαση του θεσμού της σχολικής διαμεσολάβησης, δηλαδή την ειρηνική επίλυση των συγκρούσεων μεταξύ των μαθητών. Η δομή του βιβλίου περιλαμβάνει θεωρητικές, ερευνητικές και πρακτικές/εφαρμοσμένες προσεγγίσεις. Αρχικά επιχειρείται να ενταχθεί η σχολική διαμεσολάβηση στο πλαίσιο και στους στόχους της επανορθωτικής δικαιοσύνης και να οριοθετηθεί  το ευρύτερο θεσμικό πλαίσιο. Στη συνέχεια, παρουσιάζεται η φαινομενολογία της σχολικής βίας, δηλαδή οι μορφές της, τα χαρακτηριστικά θύτη και θύματος, οι συνέπειες της σχολικής βίας και οι τρόποι αντιμετώπισης της επιθετικότητας στο σχολικό περιβάλλον. Επίσης, το έργο παραθέτει τις σχετικές έρευνες για τον ηλεκτρονικό εκφοβισμό στην Ελλάδα καθώς και τις πολιτικές αντιμετώπισής του. Η έννοια, το πλαίσιο, οι αρχές, η διαδικασία της σχολικής διαμεσολάβησης (μοντέλα σχολικής διαμεσολάβησης, επιλογή διαμεσολαβητών, δυσχέρειες εφαρμογής προγραμμάτων) αναλύονται στο πέμπτο κεφάλαιο του βιβλίου, ενώ η εφαρμογή της στη χώρα μας και συγκεκριμένα η ολοκληρωμένη υλοποίηση του προγράμματος διαμεσολάβησης σε γυμνάσιο για δύο συνεχή σχολικά έτη αποτυπώνεται στο έκτο κεφάλαιο. Στα παραρτήματα του βιβλίου περιλαμβάνονται το υποστηρικτικό υλικό της εκπαίδευσης των μαθητών ως διαμεσολαβητών, οι εργασίες των εκπαιδευμένων, ενώ, τέλος, παρατίθεται η ορολογία της σχολικής διαμεσολάβησης, που στοχεύει στην εξοικείωση των ενδιαφερομένων με το περιεχόμενο και τους στόχους της σχολικής διαμεσολάβησης.

ΕΠΑΝΟΡΘΩΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣΥΝΗ. Η πρόκληση των σύγχρονων δικαιικών συστημάτων

Πρόλογος: T. Gavrielides

Συγγραφέας: Β. Αρτινοπούλου

Έκδοση 2010, Σελ.: 192, ISBN: 978-960-272-754-6

Περιγραφή: Η παρούσα μονογραφία αποτελεί το πρώτο βιβλίο στην ελληνική βιβλιογραφία για την επανορθωτική δικαιοσύνη. Η προσέγγιση της επανορθωτικής δικαιοσύνης είτε ως τάσης στην εγκληματολογία είτε ως ευρύτερου ερμηνευτικού πλαισίου για τη δικαιοσύνη εμπεριέχει συγκεκριμένα φιλοσοφικά, ιδεολογικά, κοινωνιολογικά, νομικά και πολιτικά ερείσματα και ανάγεται σε τρία επίπεδα: το αξιακό επίπεδο (συμμετοχική δημοκρατία, διαμόρφωση αποφάσεων από τη βάση προς την κορυφή κ.ά.), το επιστημονικό-εγκληματολογικό επίπεδο (ιδιωτικοποίηση του εγκλήματος, ανάληψη ατομικής ευθύνης από τον δράστη, επανόρθωση της ζημίας ή βλάβης των θυμάτων κ.ά.) και το επίπεδο των εφαρμοσμένων πρακτικών (ειρηνική επίλυση των συγκρούσεων, εξωδικαστική διευθέτηση, διαμεσολάβηση κ.ά.). Η «Επανορθωτική Δικαιοσύνη» στοχεύει ακριβώς στο να αναδείξει την προσέγγιση του θέματος στα τρία αυτά επίπεδα και ιδίως να προκαλέσει έναν ευρύτερο διάλογο στη χώρα, σε πεδία και γνωστικές περιοχές που ξεφεύγουν από τα στενά όρια των εγκληματολόγων και αφορούν το ευρύτερο κοινωνικό, πολιτισμικό, ιδεολογικό πλαίσιο απονομής της δικαιοσύνης.

The Wind of Change: Comparative lessons for restorative justice in South Africa and the UK

By Theo Gavrielides and Grace Loseby, RJ4All Publications (e-book), February, 2014.

The death of Nelson Mandela in December 2013 closed an active year for restorative justice. His life was a symbol of restoration and promise and continues to stir interest and discussion in the search for an alternative to incarceration and towards peaceful conflict resolution.

This boo looks at restorative justice in context of two countries, the United Kingdom and South Africa, as they independently try to navigate between past, present and future justice systems. There is reference to the cultural, political and socio-economic landscapes of each nation. Our understanding of justice is symbolic of these landscapes and a mapping exercise is undertaken, with a discussion of enablers and barriers for the restorative justice movement internationally.

The book also discusses the ownership of restorative justice and the role of non-governmental bodies such as Khulisa. A key to the restorative justice process is a balance of stakeholder involvement between state and community enterprise. It is important to examine and highlight the importance of these bodies in the continuing and increased commentary on the restorative justice process. Subsequently, this book offers a timely and much needed discussion regarding our careful future steps in the shadow of legendary voices.

Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy

Edited by Theo Gavrielides, Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS), UK and Vasso Artinopoulou, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece.

"This book takes bold steps in forming much-needed philosophical foundations for restorative justice through deconstructing and reconstructing various models of thinking. It challenges current debates through the consideration and integration of various disciplines such as law, criminology, philosophy and human rights into restorative justice theory, resulting in the development of new and stimulating arguments. Topics covered include the close relationship and convergence of restorative justice and human rights, some of the challenges of engagement with human rights, the need for the recognition of the teachings of restorative justice at both the theoretical and the applied level, the Aristotelian theory on restorative justice, the role of restorative justice in schools and in police practice and a discussion of the humanistic African philosophy of Ubuntu.

With international contributions from various disciplines and through the use of value based research methods, the book deconstructs existing concepts and suggests a new conceptual model for restorative justice. This unique book will be of interest to academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners."

Crime: International Perspectives, Socioeconomic Factors and Psychological Implications

"Editors: Michael Harry Pearson

Book Description:
In this book, the authors discuss crime issues from an international perspective, with a focus on socioeconomic factors and psychological implications. Topics include a qualitative analysis of contemporary Australian prison exit issues including prisoner re-entry and prisoner reintegration; offender profiling; hate crime in the U.S. and its relevant factors; stories of rape victims struggles and survival; a European examination of youth sexual aggression and victimization; positive psychology, offender rehabilitation and restorative justice; the effects of crime on marriages, divorce and births to single mothers in bordering states of Mexico; a comparison of geospatial data concerning crime in China and in the U.S.; prosecution of while collar criminals; and the question of whether stigmatized minorities are over-represented in delinquency in France. (Imprint: Nova)"
The book contains a chapter on restorative justice, titled "Another Push for Restorative Justice: Positive Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation", by Theo Gavrielides and Piers Worth (Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS) and the Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) Institute, Centre for Restorative Justice of Simon Fraser University, and Buckinghamshire New University, United Kingdom)

Restorative Justice in Criminal Matters: Towards a New European Perspective

Editors: A. Pitsela, E. Simeonidou-Kastanidou.

Athens - Thessaloniki: Sakkoulas Publications, 2013

This collective volume is based on the works of the International Conference held on 16 and 17 May 2013 in Thessaloniki (Greece) within the framework of the European research project entitled "The 3E Model for a Restorative Justice Strategy in Europe". The book includes chapters on issues such as the values ​​and foundations of restorative justice, the possibilities of its application, problems arising from the application, the position of restorative justice in the criminal justice system, existing good practices, and the search and selection of the correct road to the formation of a directive for restorative justice in the European Union.

The book includes chapter in Greek and in English.

Αποκαταστατική Δικαιοσύνη σε Ποινικές Υποθέσεις: Προς μια νέα Ευρωπαϊκή Προοπτική
Διεθνές Συνέδριο 16 & 17 Μαΐου 2013 Θεσσαλονίκη Στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Ερευνητικού Προγράμματος με τίτλο «Το 3Ε Μοντέλο για μια Στρατηγική Αποκαταστατικής Δικαιοσύνης στην Ευρώπη».
Συλλογικό έργο. Επιμέλεια: Α. Πιτσελά, Ε. Συμεωνίδου–Καστανίδου

Περιλαμβάνονται επίκαιρες εισηγήσεις για θέ­μα­τα, ό­πως οι α­ξί­ες και τα θε­μέ­λια της Α­πο­κα­τα­στα­τι­κής Δι­και­ο­σύ­νης, οι δυ­να­τό­τη­τες ε­φαρ­μο­γής της, προ­βλή­μα­τα που α­να­κύ­πτουν α­πό την ε­φαρ­μο­γή της, η θέ­ση της α­πο­κα­τα­στα­τι­κής δι­και­ο­σύ­νης στο σύ­στη­μα ποι­νι­κής δι­και­ο­σύ­νης, οι υ­πάρ­χου­σες κα­λές πρα­κτι­κές και η α­να­ζή­τη­ση και ε­πι­λο­γή του ορ­θού δρό­μου στη δι­α­μόρ­φω­ση μιας ο­δη­γί­ας για την α­πο­κα­τα­στα­τι­κή δι­και­ο­σύ­νη στην Ευ­ρω­πα­ϊ­κή Έ­νω­ση.

Το βιβλίο περιλαμβάνει κεφάλαια στα Ελληνικά και τα Αγγλικά.