Victim evaluations of face-to-face restorative justice conferences: A quasi-experimental analysis

Heather Strang, Lawrence W Sherman, Caroline Angel, Daniel Woods, Sarah Bennett, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Nova Inkpen

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    Abstract

    One major goal of face-to-face restorative justice (RJ) is to help heal the psychological harm suffered by crime victims (Braithwaite, 2002). Substantial evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) has shown that this can be accomplished (Strang, 2002) and more trials are underway (Sherman & Strang, 2004). These outcomes are even more clearly, if less rigorously, demonstrated through retrospective interviews of victims about their feelings before and after RJ took place. We review the responses of victims (N = 210) who participated in trials in Canberra (Australia) and in London, Thames Valley, and Northumbria (UK). Despite substantial variations in offense types, social contexts, nation and race, before-after changes revealed by qualitative and quantitative data are all in the same beneficial direction.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-306
    JournalJournal of Social Issues
    Volume62
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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