Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

First Advisor

Tamra Pearson d´Estée, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Cynthia V. Fukami

Third Advisor

P. Bruce Uhrmacher


Conference, Paul McCold, Police conferencing, Restorative justice, Retributive justice, Victim-offender mediation


On first of October 2006 the Ministry of Justice in Iceland launch a restorative justice pilot project. Building on the pilot project data, this thesis evaluates the implementation of restorative justice into the criminal justice system in Iceland by asking victims, offenders and other participants in police- and expert-led conferencing to answer questionnaires' relating to these two types of restorative justice practices to crime. The thesis compares its results with findings from a review conducted by Paul McCold (1998) who more than a decade ago challenged concerns on police facilitated conferencing. The data examined in the present thesis support Paul McCold's findings that police officers are capable of conducting conferences in a highly restorative manner when dealing with minor degree offences and that conferencing is an effective restorative justice practice that should be encouraged when conducted by police officers or trained professionals.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Hafsteinn Gunnar Hafsteinsson


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

212 p.


Criminology, Social psychology