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.