Restorative Justice: What's in it for Judiciary
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presented on these pages is the product of five regional symposia held on restorative justice between June 1997 and January
- Using restorative justice principles as a model for the future, victims and community will be more directly involved in the
- A number of studies of restorative practices (restitution, mediation, family group conferences, victim impact panels) indicate
that recidivism decreases.
- Giving victims choices at all stages returns a sense of control to them, and decreases fear. They (and offenders) rate RJ
approaches as fairer than the criminal justice process, and report greater satisfaction.
- In some research studies (at least one county in N. Carolina) a reduction in court caseload can be measured when victim offender
mediation is offered. (CAUTION: care should be taken to insure several points of referral exist, so most or all eligible cases
are referred. Often, this is not so.)
- More options generally will enhance the plea negotiation process, thereby keeping the case out of court.
- The politically powerful victim movement can be allies for positive system change.
- All justice professionals have some responsibility to improve the system, and RJ offers a common umbrella under which many
disciplines and the community can work together.
- Restitution agreements are reached and met more fully with RJ approaches.
Date Created: December 5, 2007