Restorative Justice and desistance from crime

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Restorative Justice and desistance from crime

This event took place on 20th April 2017 in Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, 1pm - 4.30pm, and asked 'Does RJ have a role in desisting from offending?' The key contributors to this dialogue were Professor Tony Ward of the University of Wellington, New Zealand, a clinical psychologist who has written extensively on rehabilitation, desistance and the relevance of RJ, including the development of the 'Good Lives Model'. Prof Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow had a career in social work before coming into academic teaching and research. He is now a leading international thinker on the concept of desistance and how that works in practice. Peter Woolf has a history of burglary and experienced an RJ meeting with one of his victims, Will Riley, when in prison. They went on to found the charity Why Me? that 'champions the cause for greater access for victims of crime to Restorative Justice throughout England and Wales'.
Period20 Apr 2017
Event typeSeminar


  • Restorative Justice
  • Desistance