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What is the role of chaplaincy in the delivery of restorative justice in prisons in England and Wales? A case-study of HMP Birmingham

Isik, Harun (2010)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This study analyzes the role of chaplaincy in the delivery of restorative justice in prisons in England and Wales in the light of its historical development from 1773 until the present day. Furthermore it scrutinizes HMP Birmingham chaplaincy service as a sample. Firstly, it evaluates the penal history of England and Wales: utilitarianism and restorative justice (RJ). Rehabilitation idea which religious reformers pioneered combined with utilitarianism and the prison chaplains became one of the first representatives of rehabilitation process. The initiation of RJ introduced some faith-based programmes to the PSC. In addition, it analyzes the relationship between restorative justice and religion. Secondly, it examines the PSC in three periods of time. Non-Christian faith representatives took their place the first time in the PSC in 1952. The exclusive idea of the PSC replaced with inclusive rationale after 1999 because of the growth number of non-Christian prisoners, RJ process, multi-faith and multi-cultural atmosphere of England and Wales. Non-Christian chaplains were employed at different levels of the PSC under equal rights and responsibilities. Moreover, it scrutinizes the link between PSC and restorative justice. Thirdly, it evaluates the practical field with the example of HMP Birmingham considering the findings in theoretical field. HM Birmingham chaplaincy service reflects inclusive and multi-faith atmosphere with its chaplains and activities in the best way. Their contemporary role is to accomplish statutory duties, provide religious and pastoral care to the prisoners and prison staff. The role of religious care, pastoral care and faith-based programmes in restorative justice process was analyzed as well.

Type of Work:M.Phil. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Thomas, David
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology and Religions
Subjects:K Law (General)
BL Religion
HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1242
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