Friday, July 19, 2019
Jane Bolitho (University of New South Wales (UNSW) - School of Social Science and Policy) has posted Complex Cases of Restorative Justice after Serious Crime: Creative and Enabling Spaces for Those with Disability on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This chapter explores the potential of restorative justice to meet the needs of participants in complex cases following crime. What is meant by ‘complex’? The Oxford dictionary defines ‘complex’ as ‘consisting of many different and connected parts’ and ‘not easy to analyse or understand; complicated or intricate’ (English Oxford Living Dictionary, accessed 2017). Most simply, what makes something ‘complex’ is the increased number of components, the nature of those components and the subsequently multifarious network that exists between components. In one sense, all crime is ‘complex’ because each event involves different individuals, different harms, different circumstances and impact; each event is completely idiosyncratic. In the restorative justice literature ‘complex’ is generally understood to mean cases where in addition to a crime having occurred, there are particular risks in addressing the harm (e.g. see Gavrielides, 2012).