This event took place on 20th April 2017 in Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT, 1pm - 4.30pm, and asked 'Does RJ have a role in desisting from offending?'
The key contributors to this dialogue were Professor Tony Ward of the University of Wellington, New Zealand, a clinical psychologist who has written extensively on rehabilitation, desistance and the relevance of RJ, including the development of the 'Good Lives Model'.
Prof Fergus McNeill of the University of Glasgow had a career in social work before coming into academic teaching and research. He is now a leading international thinker on the concept of desistance and how that works in practice.
Peter Woolf is a former prolific burglar who, experienced an RJ meeting with one of his victims, Will Riley, when in prison. They went on to found the charity Why Me? that 'champions the cause for greater access for victims of crime to Restorative Justice throughout England and Wales'.
Participants had the opportunity to question the key contributors and there was time to exchange views across the room.
This dialogue was convened by Pete White of Positive Prison? Positive Futures.
Read what participants said in our Postcard report on Dialogue 3.