Dr. Ian Marder publishes article on Irish restorative justice research

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - 09:30

In May 2022, Ian published a new article in the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice. Based on research funded by the Department of Justice, the article analyses and contextualises the main findings from a recent study that investigated the extent to which restorative justice and practices are used in Irish criminal justice. It outlines new data collected from agencies that seldom permit academic access to data, nor publish figures on these elements of their work.
The findings suggest that restorative justice is used with several offence types, albeit mostly in relation to victimless offences (or otherwise in the absence of a direct victim), while accessibility remains low overall. At the same time, the growth in restorative practices training creates an opportunity to align occupational cultures with restorative principles. This study lays the groundwork for policies aiming to make restorative justice more accessible and embed a restorative culture in Irish criminal justice professions and agencies.
The article is available open access (freely downloadable) here. You can read more about Ian’s work to develop restorative justice in Ireland here.
Dr Ian Marder also teaches restorative justice as a module on the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. A small number of places remain available on the MA for a September 2022 start.