What exactly is Restorative Justice?

Much of the discussion on Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland has essentially taken place around certain important political considerations. Indeed, local activists will have received something of a moral boost when new member of the Policing Board Brendan Duddy voiced his support for both the concept and the practice. But what hasn’t ever significantly broken water into the wider discourse is what is it all about. By happy coincidence, this week’s Moral Maze provides a politically neutral (at least in NI terms) frame in which to examine the concept of restorative justice. It’s kicks off not on a council estate, but with Jack Profumo who died last week.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty