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Restorative justice

“The goal of this study was to learn the extent to which programs incorporate the components of restorative justice and provide an inventory of organizations implementing programs using restorative justice practices in Illinois” (p. 4). Sections of this report include: key findings; introduction; literature review; methodology; findings regarding organizations using restorative justice, restorative justice in action at Ogle County Probation, restorative justice in action at Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, and measuring use of restorative justice; and conclusion. Appendixes include: an inventory of Illinois restorative justice programs; and reliability and validity of restorative justice programs.

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The objective of this study was to systematically review and statistically synthesize all available research that, at a minimum, compared participants in a restorative justice program to participants processed in a more traditional way using meta-analytic methods. Ideally, these studies would include research designs with random assignment to condition groups, as this provides the most credible evidence of program effectiveness … Overall, the results evaluating restorative justice programs and practices showed a moderate reduction in future delinquent behavior relative to more traditional juvenile court processing … Promising findings in terms of delinquency outcomes for the youth were seen for victim-offender conferencing, family group conferencing, arbitration/mediation programs, and circle sentencing programs. However, in all cases the evidence is equivocal with lower effects for random assignment studies and high variability in findings across studies. The effects for restitution, teen courts, impact panels, and reparative boards are less encouraging, suggesting that these may not be effective programs. In contrast, cautioning and diversion programs had the largest reductions in delinquency, suggesting that this approach may be effective for low-risk and first-time youthful offenders (2-3).

"Restorative justice [RJ] is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behaviour. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities" (Center for Justice & Reconciliation). This webinar will provide: a brief overview of RJ principles and practices—traditional justice and RJ philosophies, RJ practices at a glance; findings from relevant research-- New Zealand Model, Durham NC Dispute Settlement Center, conferencing, law enforcement and prosecution, courts, and recidivism and RJ, and summary of RJ research findings,; reasons for adopting restorative justice—needs/wants of victims, what's in it for crime victims and services providers, law enforcement, prosecution, defense, judiciary, corrections, elected officials, and for all involved, top assets, and top obstacles.

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This website provides access to information about restorative justice approaches for the Correctional Service of Canada. Points of entry are: services; victim offender mediation; Restorative Justice Week; National Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award; resources; and contact information.

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An introduction to restorative justice concepts, principles, and values is provided during this 32-hour distance learning program. Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the traumatic impact of crime on victims, communities, and offenders and ways to be responsive to crime victims' needs and interests
  • Explain and evaluate the configuration, methods, and potential uses of various restorative practices
  • Identify several practical strategies for developing active partnerships within the community
  • Manage personal, interpersonal, and organizational change, and prepare strategies to address responses to change efforts
  • Develop the first stages of an action plan

Order this 2 DVD set of videos and download the Curriculum Guide using the links on the right.


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"This outcome evaluation is specifically focused on Community Justice Center (hereafter, “CJC”) Reparative Panel programs. CJC Reparative Panel programs work with community members to meet with those affected by crime and those who committed the offense to develop agreements about how to repair the harm caused by the offense, including to affected relationships. This outcome evaluation of CJC Reparative Panel programs was designed to answer four questions associated with the post-program behavior of offenders who completed a CJC Reparative Panel program from May 2, 2007 to April 19, 2011" (p. 1). Findings are presented for the following four research areas: who are the individuals convicted of additional crimes after participating in a CJC Reparative Panel program; when were they convicted; what crimes did they commit; and what county did they commit the crimes in. The CJC Reparative Panel program appears to reduce the recidivism of both pre- and post-adjudication participants: the recidivism rate for pre-adjudication participants is 18.1% compared to 30.1% for non-participants; 27.1% vs. 41.4% for post-adjudication participants.

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