On 19 January 2016, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted two workshops entitled 'Alternatives to criminal justice: Building social justice solutions'.
These events form part of the Centre's Justice Matters initiative to downsize criminal justice and build policy and practice alternatives. At the workshop Will McMahon (Deputy Director) and Rebecca Roberts (Senior Policy Associate) presented a new toolkit and visual resources for facilitating discussions about short and long term solutions to a range of social problems. Participants were invited to test out the toolkit and offer feedback.
Those involved included professionals, practitioners, researchers and members of the public with an interest and/or expertise in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, education, community safety, restorative justice, policing, probation and imprisonment. Participants discussed the available policy and practice solutions to harm that sought to prevent, reduce and repair harm without relying on criminal justice.
We are really pleased with the positive feedback already received and will be organising further workshops in the near future. If you are interested in finding out more about the toolkit or would like to host a workshop at your organisation or community group, then please email Rebecca Roberts.