The crime of punishment
The crime of punishment In 1931, Margaret Wilson writes The Crime of Punishment, a fierce and informed critique of the whole catalogue of punishment invented by humans, a critique of man-inflicted pain on earth. An American novelist with little interest on the matter of punishment, she married in 1923 George Douglas Turner, a Scotsman who served as prison governor of…
‘Socializing’ restorative justice: Reading Judge and Punish: The penal state on trial from and for a restorative perspective
‘Socializing’ restorative justice: Reading Judge and Punish: The penal state on trial from and for a restorative perspective In Judge and Punish: The Penal state on trial, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, makes a compelling social critique of the criminal justice system[i]. An entirely legitimate undertaking according to de Lagasnerie, given that the state (and the law) are not immutable substances which…
RESTORATIVE UTOPIAS IN DYSTOPIAN TIMES?
RESTORATIVE UTOPIAS IN DYSTOPIAN TIMES? After more than 10 years of working on various aspects of restorative justice, I am embarking on a new and exciting research journey. The Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) has granted me a 3 years research grant to continue working on a project that explores in-depth the shaping of restorative justice in European penal systems and policies….
Restorative justice and terrorism: resisting evil with non-evil?
The restorative justice approach has great potential in responding to terrorist acts, and the ensuing polarization, because it focuses on forms of political and pre-political communication, exchange and encounters that are able to allow ‘difficult’ but respectful conversations in societal space.
Imagining a justice that restores
We are imaginative about many things and find the exercise of imagination easy and pleasant, with the exception of our ideas and images of justice. They seem to be written in stone. But what if instead we used the gift of our imagination when it comes to justice?
Art, a catalyst for restorative justice
When we think differently about justice, we represent it differently as well. In this TEDx talk, I explore how we portray justice and show how artists can support a more restorative type of justice.
Restoring the future: thinking the refugee movements
Many people within the restorative justice movements have expressed their concern about the so-called refugee crisis, as they are trying to imagine ways to support the refugees and act together to counteract the societal or political reactions. In this piece I will highlight a few points and angles to consider, as we organize our collective efforts within the movement.
The patience and art of weaving a village
Reading about and thinking of the fascinating and important work of our action researchers in Northern Ireland, Serbia, Austria and Hungary, an amazing encounter came to mind: a meeting with a small woman of great worth, the Sardinian artist Maria Lai.