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NCJ Number: 74118 Find in a Library
Title: Victim and Offender Perceptions of the Fairness of Restitution and Community-Service Sanctions (From Victims, Offenders, and Alternative Sanctions, P 63-70, 1980, Joe Hudson and Burt Galaway, ed. - See NCJ-74113)
Author(s): S Novack; B Galaway; J Hudson
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Lexington Books
New York, NY 10022
Sale Source: Lexington Books
866 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This essay presents information from a survey of adult offenders and victims regarding their perceptions of monetary restitution and community service sentences, as well as of offender-victim meetings as part of a monetary restitution program.
Abstract: Subjects for the study were selected from 19 adult financial restitution and community service projects (residential and nonresidential) in the United States, sponsored by criminal justice and private agencies and operating at various levels in the criminal justice system. Survey samples were drawn from admissions to the 19 projects during a 5-month period. Two types of questionnaires were mailed to offenders and victims: they differed only on a few demographic questions. Areas covered included offender and victim perceptions of the fairness of financial restitution and community service, desirability of offender/victim contact, offender perceptions about the usefulness of community service experiences, and questions on what type of sanction the offender would choose if given a choice. Some conclusions reached by the researchers -- despite the low response rate in many of the projects -indicate that both offenders and victims regard mutual contacts as desirable, offenders perceive financial restitution added to incarceration as unfair, financial restitution and community service requirements are regarded as fair by both offenders and victims, and offenders completing community services view their experience as useful. Tabular data and three endnotes are provided.
Index Term(s): Community service order; Restitution; Restitution programs; Sentencing/Sanctions; Surveys; Victim compensation; Victim-offender relationships
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