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Evaluation of the Nottingham Community Justice Initiative Restorative Justice Pilot Project: The views of the Practitioners.

Taylor, S (2009) Evaluation of the Nottingham Community Justice Initiative Restorative Justice Pilot Project: The views of the Practitioners. School of Law, LJMU., Liverpool.

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This document is centred around two key developments / principles of contemporary criminal justice within England and Wales, those of community and restorative justice. The roll out of Community Justice (CJ) has been centrally directed by New Labour and has seen the development of a number of quasi-autonomous initiatives throughout England since 2005. Nottingham Community Justice Initiative (NCJI) is one such local scheme which was established in May 2007. In November 2008 the NCJI implemented a Restorative Justice (RJ) pilot project. The use of a RJ approach within a CJ arena made this a particularly interesting project as even though there has been evaluative work undertaken on the CJ courts themselves (see McKenna 2007; Brown & Payne 2007) and a plethora of interest in a spectrum of RJ projects (see Johnstone 2003), there is a dearth of research around attempts to link the two together and to monitor the consequential ramifications and effects of this and hence why this research study was commissioned. It should be noted that during the research period there was considerable ambiguity over the future of CJ generally and of the NCJI specifically. Changing political landscapes meant that alterations in the organisation, resourcing and direction of CJ were expected. This became evident when the much awaited Green Paper titled ‘Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice’ (2009) was published. The future of CJ is perhaps a little unclear at this time, however, the commitment to engaging with communities and involving them in the criminal justice system has been re-iterated in the Casey Report (2008) and Engaging Communities in Criminal Justice (2009) - the latter of which identifies the key role that RJ specifically has in achieving this. This indicates that the NCJI RJ project is indicative of the future direction of criminal justice policy and therefore shows the importance of evaluating such a scheme.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: School of Law, LJMU.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 14:25
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3061

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