Restorative Approaches to Working with Hate Crime Offenders

In: N. Chakraborti and G Garland (2014) Responding to hate crime: the case for connecting policy and research. The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 247-261

19 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2014

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Mark Walters

University of Sussex Law School

Date Written: July 22, 2014

Abstract

The lack of victim support and offender edification offered by retributive hate crime laws suggests that a new or additional approach is needed when tackling hate-motivated offences (Burney, 2003: 36; Perry, 2003: 44). With this in mind, a growing number of academics have begun to explore the effectiveness of using a restorative approach to tackling the phenomenon (see, Shenk, 2001; Umbreit et al, 2002; Gavrielides, 2007; Walters & Hoyle, 2010; 2012). This chapter adds to the small but growing knowledge base on restorative justice (RJ) for hate crime by focusing on the potential benefits that restorative practices may yield in relation to transforming the behaviours of hate crime offenders. Drawing upon empirical research undertaken for the author’s doctorate, the chapter explores the ways in which restorative practices have been used to effectively challenge and modify the hate-motivated behaviours of offenders, while simultaneously protecting participants against re-victimisation.

Suggested Citation

Walters, Mark Austin, Restorative Approaches to Working with Hate Crime Offenders (July 22, 2014). In: N. Chakraborti and G Garland (2014) Responding to hate crime: the case for connecting policy and research. The Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 247-261. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2470096

Mark Austin Walters (Contact Author)

University of Sussex Law School ( email )

Falmer
Brighton BN1 9QN
United Kingdom

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