Re-entry Circles for the Innocent: The Psychological Benefits of Restorative Justice and Taking Responsibility in Response to Injustice

Walker, Re-entry Circles for the Innocent: The Psychological Benefits of Restorative Justice and Taking Responsibility in Response to Injustice, pp. 139-157, The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within, Ed. Theo Gavrielides, Ashgate: Surrey, England 2015

23 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2016 Last revised: 15 Apr 2017

Lorenn Walker

Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

While restorative practices are generally for people who take responsibility for committing crimes, there are psychological advantages in assuming responsibility for dealing with injustice regardless of who caused the problems. This kind of responsibility taking is future oriented and is not the same as being accountable for committing a crime. This paper examines what taking responsibility means for reentry planning circles. The circles apply restorative justice and solution-focused brief therapy for incarcerated individuals to plan for their needs, including making amends with harmed loved ones, and others, who meet with them in prison. The case of a convicted woman who maintains her innocence, but who had a reentry circle, is studied.

Keywords: restorative justice, solution focused, solution-focused brief therapy, accountabiity, responsibility, reentry, reentry planning, circles, therapeutic jurisprudence, integrative law

JEL Classification: K49, K14, J71, I31

Suggested Citation

Walker, Lorenn, Re-entry Circles for the Innocent: The Psychological Benefits of Restorative Justice and Taking Responsibility in Response to Injustice (September 1, 2015). Walker, Re-entry Circles for the Innocent: The Psychological Benefits of Restorative Justice and Taking Responsibility in Response to Injustice, pp. 139-157, The Psychology of Restorative Justice: Managing the Power Within, Ed. Theo Gavrielides, Ashgate: Surrey, England 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2801554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2801554

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

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