Restorative Justice and the regulatory state in South African townships

In townships across South Africa the Community Peace Program, based in Cape Town, is helping local communities establish peace committees. This article argues that through their commitment to a consensus-based, reparative approach to dealing with crime, peace committees reflect restorative processes...

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Published in:The British journal of criminology
Main Author: Roche, Declan
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2002
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 2002, Volume: 42, Issue: 3, Pages: 514-533
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Summary:In townships across South Africa the Community Peace Program, based in Cape Town, is helping local communities establish peace committees. This article argues that through their commitment to a consensus-based, reparative approach to dealing with crime, peace committees reflect restorative processes and values. In other respects, peace committees are quite different to most restorative justice programmes in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. One such difference is their independence from the formal criminal justice system, which this article places within the context of the increasing privatization of policing and governance more generally. Peace committees are also novel for their attempt to address the structural problems underlying crime, the wide range of crimes they attempt to address, and specific aspects of the process used for meetings between victims, offenders and community members
ISSN:0007-0955