An Garda Síochána, restorative justice : an examination into the perceptions towards the value of restorative justice initiatives in Ireland

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Moore, Aisling
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study is a quantitative examination of Restorative Justice and Garda perceptions towards Restorative Justice in Ireland. The introduction of restorative justice practice was first implemented in 2001 as a method of redress for offenders by The Commissioner of An Garda Síochána. Restorative Justice Initiatives where originally implemented by the Juvenile Diversion Programme and has now progressed into the Adult Diversion Programme with the establishment of the Higher Tariff Offender Reparation Programme (HTORP). The Literature review illustrates the theories and principles behind the process of restorative justice, Garda involvement in restorative justice initiatives, international perspectives and programmes. The primary method of data collection was the use questionnaires containing qualitative and quantitative components which examined the fore mentioned variables and list of fifteen qualitative questionnaire. It is evident that more investment needs to be made into the promotion restorative justice initiatives within An Garda Síochána, as 51% of participants indicated that there is not a high value place on restorative justice in Ireland. Author keywords: Value , restorative justice, An Garda Síochána