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                                                                Feminist Criminology
                                                                2018, Vol. 13(1) 3-27
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Restorative Conferencing                                            OSAGE




Linnea   Osterman' and Isla Masson2




Abstract
This article presents findings from a new qualitative study into female offenders'
experiences of restorative conferencing in England and Wales. It is argued that
gendered factors of crime and victimization have a definite impact on the restorative
conference process, particularly in the areas of complex and interacting needs,
differently natured conference engagements, and risks around shame, mental health,
and stereotypical ideals of female behavior. For women to reap the full benefits of
restorative justice, it is argued that the particular needs and circumstances of female
offenders must not only be acknowledged, but also incorporated into the field and
mainstreamed  into practice.


Keywords
female criminality, restorative justice, gender, female offenders, qualitative research,
complex  needs, women



Restorative justice: A Growing Field With a Woeful
Lack   of Evidence on Women

A recent political surge has led to a growing momentum to further develop and inte-
grate restorative justice practices into the criminal justice system in England and Wales
(Institute for Criminal Policy Research [ICPR], 2016; Miles, 2013). These expanding
developments are founded on a significant, and increasing, evidence base that indi-
cates numerous benefits of restorative justice, including positive victim effects (Strang,

IUniversity of Greenwich, London, UK
2University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Corresponding Author:
Linnea Osterman, University of Greenwich, Queen Mary Building, Old Royal Naval College, London
SE10 9LS, UK.
Email: L.Osterman@greenwich.ac.uk

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