Punishment, policing and praxis: Restorative justice and non–violent alternatives to paramilitary punishments in northern ireland

Kieran McEvoy*, Harry Mika

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Abstract

During the most recent three decades of conflict in Northern Ireland, the limitations of the Royal Ulster Constabulary's (RUC) policing of local working class communities has seen the parallel evolution of violent paramilitary systems of ‘punishment attacks’ and banishments. This paper explores the factors which underpin such punishments. It considers their relationship to the formal justice system and offers a critical analysis of the potential for Restorative Justice theory and practice to provide non–violent community based alternatives to such violent punishments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-382
Number of pages24
JournalPolicing and Society
Volume11
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2001

Keywords

  • Northern Ireland
  • Paramilitary punishments
  • Restorative justice
  • Royal Ulster Constabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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