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NCJ Number: 147713 Find in a Library
Author(s): M S Umbreit; R B Coates; B Kalanj
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 255
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Publication Number: ISBN 1-881798-02-X
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Victim-offender reconciliation and mediation programs involving juvenile offenders in California, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Texas were studied to determine the effectiveness of these programs.
Abstract: Using a quasi-experimental design, the research gathered quantitative and qualitative information by means of 1,153 interviews with crime victims and juvenile offenders, reviews of program and court records, interviews with court officials and program staff, and observation of 28 mediation sessions. Results revealed high levels of client satisfaction and perceptions of fairness. In addition, victim-offender mediation helps reduce fear and anxiety among crime victims. The specific location and sponsorship of the program had no major impact on the perceptions of the program. Court officials strongly support victim-offender mediation. The program also increases the likelihood that an offender will successfully complete the restitution obligation. Findings provide encouraging empirical support for the effectiveness of restorative justice and mediation. Figures; tables; case examples; discussions of cost issues and parental involvement; appended resource lists, sample program materials, and guidelines; and 66 references
Main Term(s): Victim-offender reconciliation
Index Term(s): California; Conflict resolution; Minnesota; New Mexico; Services effectiveness; Texas
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