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Evaluation: Community-based Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland

Community Restorative Justice Ireland and Northern Ireland Alternatives

13 November 2009

This report presents independent evaluation findings regarding the work of Community Restorative Justice Ireland (CRJI) and Northern Ireland Alternatives (NIA) in facilitating and promoting nonviolent community alternatives to paramilitary punishment attacks and exclusions relating to alleged localised crime and antisocial behaviour. The Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, prepared the evaluation commissioned by The Atlantic Philanthropies. Queen’s University, CRJI and NIA are Atlantic grantees.

 

A continuing legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland (NI) has been the use of beatings, shootings and exclusions by paramilitary organisations as a response to local crime and anti‐social behaviour. Over the period 1998/99 to 2004/2005, more than 1,800 paramilitary‐style shootings and assaults have been recorded in NI.

This report focuses exclusively on the work supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies (1999‐2005), particularly during the perio