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NCJ Number: 181381 Find in a Library
Title: Restorative Justice: An Evaluation of the Restorative Resolutions Project
Author(s): James Bonta; Suzanne Wallace-Capretta; Jennifer Rooney
Date Published: October 1998
Page Count: 81
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-662-27346-X
Sale Source: Canada Solicitor General
340 Laurier Avenue, West
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0P8,
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: An evaluation of a restorative justice program operating in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada through the John Howard Society of Manitoba focused on the program from its beginning in October 1, 1993 to May 7, 1997.
Abstract: The Restorative Resolutions Project began as a demonstration project and tried to follow the restorative justice principles of redressing the harm to victims, encouraging community involvement in the criminal justice process, and managing the offender in the community. Eligibility requirements included a Crown recommendation of a custodial sentence of at least 6 months, a guilty plea, and the offender's willingness to follow a community-based corrections plan. The program design included an evaluation component. The program appeared to target prison-bound offenders, and the success rate compared favorably to a similar group of probationers. Results of the present evaluation revealed that the program was generally successful. Participants were more likely than regular probationers to make restitution to their victims and to have some form of community service in their supervision plans. The program also successfully targeted prison-bound offenders. Finally, the participants had significantly lower recidivism rates than the comparison groups in all but one analysis. Findings suggested that Restorative Resolutions is a relatively safe and viable option for supervising inmates in the community and promoting victim involvement in the justice process. Tables, figure, footnotes, appended table, and 39 references
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Community involvement; Community service order; Community-based corrections (adult); Corrections in foreign countries; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Manitoba; Recidivism; Restitution
Note: Report No. 1998-05; Cat. No. JS42-84/1998E
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