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NCJ Number: 119610 Find in a Library
Title: Victim-Offender Mediation as the Preferred Response to Property Offenses (From Crime and Its Victims: International Research and Public Policy Issues, P 101-112, 1989, Emilio C Viano, ed. -- See NCJ-119600)
Author(s): B Galaway
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Sale Source: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
1900 Frost Road
Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Two years experience with a victim-offender reconciliation program in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, confirms previous results regarding the feasibility of implementing such a program.
Abstract: Programs of this nature provide victims with opportunities to participate in the criminal and juvenile justice process, serve penal objectives, have an impact on recidivism equal to or greater than other penal measures, provide a reasonable response to the serious overcrowding of prisons and jails, and enjoy considerable support from both victims and the general public. Victim-offender mediation should be systematically implemented as the preferred response to property victimizations by offenders. In the Minneapolis-St. Paul project, 95 percent of the 135 victim-offender meetings have resulted in negotiation of an agreement acceptable to both victim and offender. The agreements have provided for monetary restitution, community service restitution, or personal service restitution. Victim-offender mediation programs are feasible to implement and are sensible as public policy. 3 tables and bibliography
Main Term(s): Victim-offender reconciliation
Index Term(s): Conflict resolution; Minnesota; Restitution centers; Victim compensation
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