Katrine is postdoctoral researcher in criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. In her research, Katrine has focused on restorative justice, including the Danish and Norwegian Conflict Boards and the restorative aspect of the Danish Juvenile Crime Board. She holds a PhD in Law, focusing on how police practices can affect offenders’ access to restorative justice initiatives. In addition, Katrine works as a specialist consultant in the Criminal Prevention Unit in Albertslund Municipality, where, among other things, she is heading the municipality's work with relational and restorative practices in schools, youth clubs and residential areas.
Title: Screening practices in police-based restorative justice initiatives
In Denmark, the national restorative justice initiative (Konfliktråd) was launched in 2010. It was heavily inspired by as well as named after the national Norwegian restorative justice initiative (also Konfliktråd). Yet while the Norwegian programme is organised as a separate department under the Ministry of Justice, the Danish programme is placed in the police. Based on the research for my PhD thesis, I will discuss how this placement of the Danish programme affects its screening practices - especially when it comes to possible bias in offenders’ access.