Reintegrative Justice in Practice: The Informal Management of Crime in an Island Community

Reintegrative Justice in Practice: The Informal Management of Crime in an Island Community

by Helen Miles, Peter Raynor


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Recent years have seen the development of a growing international literature on restorative justice, community justice and reintegrative alternatives to formal criminal justice processes. This literature is stronger on theory and advocacy than on detailed evaluative studies. It often relies for its practical examples on the presumed historical practices of the indigenous peoples of colonised territories, or on attempts to revive or promote modified versions of these in a modern context, which has led to debates about how far modern communities can provide a viable setting for such initiatives. This book provides a unique study of the practice of traditional reintegrative community justice in a European society: the Parish Hall Enquiry (PHE) in the Channel Island of Jersey. This is an ancient institution, based on an informal hearing and discussion of a reported offence with the alleged offender and other interested parties, carried out by centeniers (honorary police officers elected to one of Jersey's twelve parishes). It is still in regular use as an integral part of a modern criminal justice system, and it usually aims to resolve offences without recourse to formal prosecution in court. Helen Miles and Peter Raynor's research, arising from direct observation, contributes to the literature on
'what works' in resolving conflicts and influencing offenders, and their detailed case studies of how problems are addressed gives a 'hands on' flavour of the process. The authors also document the aspects of community life in
Jersey that facilitate or hinder the continuation of the PHEs, drawing out the implications of these findings for wider debates about the necessary and sufficient social conditions for reintegrative justice to succeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754676850
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Welfare and Society
Edition description: 1
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr Helen Miles is Director of Criminal Justice for Jersey Police. She is Joint Director (with Peter Raynor) of the Jersey Crime and Society Project, which continues to study aspects of crime and criminal justice in Jersey. Professor Peter Raynor works in the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea and co-directs the Jersey Crime and Society Project. He is a long-established researcher and writer on criminal justice matters. His previous books include Effective Probation Practice (with D. Smith and M. Vanstone, 1994), Understanding Community Penalities (with M. Vanstone, 2002), Rehabilitation, Crime and Justice (with G. Robinson, 2005), Developments in Social Work with Offenders (with G. McIvor, 2007) and Offender Supervision (with McNeill and Trotter, 2010). He is a member of the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advisory Panel, and of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword, John Braithwaite; Introduction; The origins and history of Jersey's Honorary Police; Research strategy and methods; The Parish Hall Enquiry; Compliance with guidelines, and available figures for the Parish Hall Enquiry process; Components of effective practice in community-based justice; Community-based systems of justice; Restorative justice in Jersey: repair, reconciliation and reassurance; Reintegrative shaming in action; The future for community justice in Jersey; References; Appendices; Index.

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