Peer Mediation Pilot Initiative in Castlerea Prison: A Process Evaluation.

Lalor, Tanya (2017) Peer Mediation Pilot Initiative in Castlerea Prison: A Process Evaluation. Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 4 (2). pp. 596-611. ISSN 2009-7170

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This paper details the development and outcomes of a pilot peer mediation initiative in Castlerea prison in County Roscommon, Ireland, in 2016-2017. A process evaluation was undertaken using desk research and qualitative discussions with peer mediators and partners to the process. This pilot included a 10-week training programme for peer mediators, the majority of whom were male Traveller prisoners in Castlerea prison. The partners to the programme are the Traveller Mediation Service (TMS), the Travellers in Prison Initiative (TPI) (see Appendix 1 for details of these services), The Irish Prison Service (IPS) and the Education and Training Board (ETB), called the ‗school‘ in Castlerea prison. The paper describes the impacts and elements of good practice of the pilot programme, as well as proposed next steps in the programme‘s implementation. It concludes that the peer mediation programme has potential for implementation across Irish prisons.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mediation; Castlerea Prison; prison programme;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Edward M Kennedy Institute
Item ID: 9090
Depositing User: Kennedy Institute
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2017 11:41
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis
Publisher: Maynooth Academic Publishing
Refereed: Yes

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