Activity: Talk or presentation types › Public lecture/debate/seminar
Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) have been involved in restorative justice interventions for over two decades at a community level. While their organisational roots pre-date contemporary criminal justice arrangements, CRJI has continued to flourish and grow in spite of austerity and the COVID19 pandemic over that time. Engaging both CRJI practitioners and criminological experts, this panel debate seeks to discuss why in 2021, restorative rather than simply punitive justice approaches to societal problems are more vital than ever in dealing with the criminogenic consequences of inequality, poverty and marginalization. Challenging popular notions about ‘crime’, the panel will further discuss why solutions to complex social needs require community-based foundations for sustainable and lasting change.