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Restorative policing: concepts, theory and practice

Clamp, Kerry; Paterson, C.


C. Paterson


In the UK and elsewhere, restorative justice and policing are core components of a range of university programmes; however, currently no such text exists on the intersection of these two areas of study. This book draws together these diverse theoretical perspectives to provide an innovative, knowledge-rich text that is essential reading for all those engaged with the evolution and practice of restorative policing.

Restorative Policing surveys the twenty-five year history of restorative policing practice, during which its use and influence over criminal justice has slowly grown. It then situates this experience within a criminological discussion about neo-liberal responses to crime control. There has been insufficient debate about how the concepts of ‘restorative justice’ and ‘policing’ sit alongside each other and how they may be connected or disconnected in theoretical and conceptual terms. The book seeks to fill this gap through an exploration of concepts, theory, policy and practice. In doing so, the authors make a case for a more transformative vision of restorative policing that can impact positively upon the shape and practice of policing and outline a framework for the implementation of such a strategy.

This path-breaking book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students taking courses on restorative justice, policing and crime control, as well as professionals interested in the implementation of restorative practices in the police force.


Clamp, K., & Paterson, C. (2016). Restorative policing: concepts, theory and practice. Routledge

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Mar 31, 2016
Publication Date Sep 8, 2016
Deposit Date Apr 6, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Routledge frontiers of criminal justice
ISBN 9781138959071
Keywords Restorative policing, Wagga Wagga, Restorative Justice, Police Culture, Conferencing, Reintegrative Shaming, Thames Valley
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