Restorative Justice Applications in Mental Health Settings - Pathways to Recovery and Restitution

Author | Drennan, G (2018).  Restorative justice applications in mental health settings – pathways to recovery and restitution. In J. Adlam, T. Kluttig & B. X. Lee (Eds), Violent states and creative states: From the global to the individual.  Book II: Human violence and creative humanity. (pp181-194).  London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Overview

In this chapter I will introduce two unlikely bedfellows -mental health recovery and restorative justice. It is not an easy union. Conflicts arise when considering them together. Even so, their combination has the potential to bring about creative transformations in the rehabilitation of people with long-term mental health difficulties and a history of offending behaviour. I will start with an outline of the development of restorative justice practices. I will go on to consider the meaning of mental health recovery for those who also have a history of offending and describe restorative justice interventions in such settings. Finally, a preliminary definition of a mode of recovery that accommodates the recognition of harm will be attempted. 

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