Exploring the Effects of Restorative Justice on Crime Victims for Victims of Conflict in Transitional Societies

Heather Strang

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    Over the past 20 years the claims of restorative justice advocates have been considerable. Th ey include the reduction and prevention of reoff ending, greater social cohesion through joint problem solving by neighborhoods and communities, and more harmony in schools and other institutions. Research has addressed many of these claims, and much is now known about the eff ects of restorative justice on all these dimensions. However, the only claim for which unequivocal evidence now stands is the greater benefi t that restorative justice off ers victims of crime who are willing to meet their admitted off enders. Th is evidence emerges from a large number of observational and comparative studies conducted in recent years [e.g., Umbreit and Coates, 1992, 1993; Umbreit, 1994, 1995, 2001; Miers et al., 2001; Nugent et al., 2003]and from a meta-analysis of 35 restorative justice programs carried out by Latimer et al. [2001]. Perhaps the most compelling evidence, however, is off ered by fi ndings from randomized controlled trials comparing the benefi ts available to victims from restorative justice with that from courts and other formal justice procedures [Sherman and Strang, 2007].
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational handbook of Victimology
    Editors S Shoham, P Knepper, M. Kett
    Place of PublicationBoca Raton, FL, USA
    PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
    ISBN (Print)9781420085471
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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