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NCJ Number: 118344 Find in a Library
Title: Empirical Assessment (From Mediation and Criminal Justice: Victims, Offenders and Community, P 251-263, 1989, Martin Wright and Burt Galaway, eds. -- See NCJ-118327)
Author(s): R B Coates; J Gehm
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications Ltd
London, EC2A 4PU, England
Sale Source: Sage Publications Ltd
6 Bonhill Street
London, EC2A 4PU,
United Kingdom
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This 1983-84 evaluation of Victim/Offender Reconciliation Programs (VORP) in seven Indiana counties and one Ohio county identified VORP's potential and problems.
Abstract: Two sets of samples were obtained for analysis. One was quantitative, based on official records and used to answer questions regarding immediate outcomes and the extent to which VORP was an alternative to incarceration. The second set was qualitative, based on focused interviews with VORP participants to determine who participated, their goals, and their level of satisfaction with the VORP experience. Data suggest that VORP has considerable potential as an alternative sanction. Judges frequently used VORP along with other sanctions, including jail. For this sample, a substantial number of incarceration days apparently were displaced by the use of VORP. It also appears, however, that VORP was used to widen the "net" of social control. The balance between using VORP as a partial alternative to incarceration and using it to broaden social control will be one of the points of contention in VORP's further development. 2 notes, 3 references.
Main Term(s): Victim-offender reconciliation
Index Term(s): Indiana; Mediation; Ohio; Restitution programs
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