The socio-economic impacts of the global COVID19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and persistent inequalities have taken communities to the streets. The implications of street group violence for governments across the world spark a new debate on the appropriateness of restorative approaches in relieving the overstretched and costly criminal justice system. Despite the impressive literature on restorative justice, the potential and indeed viability of its paradigm with street group violence, such as riots, remain largely unexplored.
This timely ebook uses the case study method to investigate four examples in India, Greece, Canada and England, where restorative justice is considered within the context of street group violence. Key issues are identified and recommendations are posited, as new policies, practices and research are being proposed in this grey area of restorative justice.
“It is a great honour for the Centre for Restorative Justice, at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, to be partnering with Theo Gavrielides to better understand and respond to street group violence, as characterized through riots. Both Vancouver and England experienced the devastating impact of riots in the summer of 2011. Other cities and countries have also felt the heavy impact of riots, while police and the justice system brace themselves for more. The time is ripe to be asking different questions, building new partnerships, and exploring innovative solutions.This book represents a first step in that direction and opens the door for further partnership and collaboration.” Professor Brenda Morrison Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University