Daphne Choi is a PhD Candidate of Monash University. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminology from City University of Hong Kong with First-Class Honours. She was an intern at Curtin University, Acacia Prison and Wandoo Reintegrative Facility in Perth during her undergraduate study. She presented two papers at the 7th Annual Conference of Asian Criminology Society, Hong Kong: Application of Transitional Justice to Peace-building in Post-conflict Period and Convict to Citizen: Do Restorative Practices Have a Role to Play in Rehabilitation.
Daphne’s research takes her into the area of applying restorative justice in prison, and reforming the penal estate by empowering prisoners and developing higher education throughout the prison system. Her PhD thesis is entitled Personal Journeys through Prison Systems: an Exploration of the Impact of Green, Sustainable and Restorative Practices on Rehabilitation. She continues to work with an Australian prison resident who co-authored a paper about prisoner-initiated programs in jail with her in 2015. She has conducted researches on anti-capital punishment in Hong Kong and media influence on public perception of crime with her fellow classmates in Perth, Western Australia. Her interests include feminism in criminology and her previous studies encompassed punishment towards filicidal mothers and sexual objectification of females.
Personal Journeys through Prison Systems: an Exploration of the Impact of Green, Sustainable and Restorative Practices on Rehabilitation
The research focuses on the ways of how prison residents experience the process of rehabilitation and the ways in which a restorative and green prison environment relate to a reduction in fear and further crime. Regarding the concern of over-use of prisons, alternative approaches are being raised to reduce reoffending and crime rates. Restorative justice, which is one of the prevailing methods, has drawn scholarship in challenging inmates’ behaviour and way of thinking as well as restoring their relationship with the community and avoiding recidivism. Meanwhile, the notion of greening prisons is becoming more common while more innovative practices are being cultivated around the application of restorative justice. The relationship between the environment, sustainability and harm reduction will be explored throughout the study.
Through in-depth interviews with current residents, ex-offenders and prison staff members, the form and extent of effects a green prison has on inmates are going to be examined. Two private prisons operating restorative and green projects in Perth, Western Australia are selected for research. This thesis also discusses the benefits or otherwise of fair and just process as experienced by residents and seek to identify what they have gained from rehabilitative programs, including their understanding of harm done to others. Finally, suggestions for further bettering existing restorative and green programs will be introduced.
Restorative Justice, Punishment and Prison, Capital Punishment, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Convict Criminology, Feminism