Restorative and Therapeutic Reentry Rituals

24 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2015 Last revised: 11 Dec 2015

Lorenn Walker

Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice

Leslie Kobayashi

Government of the United States of America - District of Hawai'i

Date Written: December 8, 2015

Abstract

Parole, probation, and prison supervise people convicted of crimes until most are released back into the community. According to Braithwaite & Mugford, 1994, and Maruna 2011, reintegration rituals may be vital for the rehabilitation of people who engage in criminal behavior. Just as the rituals of criminal trials confirm the wrongfulness of behavior, rituals celebrating the success of good behavior confirm one’s positive endeavors, which may promote desistance and law abiding behavior. This chapter examines Hawai’i’s experiments with rituals celebrating people’s strengths and efforts in completing parole and incarcerated women who have completed a 12-week restorative justice prison program since 2010. The reintegration rituals are based on restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence, and apply elements of Collins’s interaction ritual theory.

Keywords: rituals, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, parole, desistance, interaction ritual theory, circles, group process

Suggested Citation

Walker, Lorenn and Kobayashi, Leslie, Restorative and Therapeutic Reentry Rituals (December 8, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2700728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2700728

Lorenn Walker (Contact Author)

Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice ( email )

P.O. Box 3654
Honolulu, HI 96811
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.hawaiifriends.org & www.lorennwalker.com

Leslie Kobayashi

Government of the United States of America - District of Hawai'i ( email )

Honolulu, HI
United States

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