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Restorative Justice Inroads into the United Kingdom
Over the past three years, the United Kingdom has begun to implement significant changes in its response to youth crime. A research report on initial results from 11 pilot sites was released in January 2001, and work continues toward the goal of nationwide implementation by April 2002.
Located in Previous Editions / 2001 / September 2001 Edition
Restorative Practices and Reoffending
Recently, a short article in The Report (1) questioned Canada's use and support of restorative justice programmes. The article quoted a claim in the May issue of Canadian Lawyer that after five years of use there was no proof that restorative justice programmes work. However, recent research has demonstrated that restorative justice programs do in fact reduce recidivism.
Located in Previous Editions / 2002 / July 2002 Edition
Restorative Justice Theory and Practice: Mind the Gap!
Theo Gavrielides, a researcher at the London School of Economics, recently completed a qualitative investigation of possible discrepancies between the implementation of restorative justice practices and the development of restorative justice theory.
Located in Previous Editions / 2003 / December 2003 Edition
Evaluating Restorative Programmes: Reports from Two Countries.
With the growing use of restorative processes, issues of effectiveness and best practices are being debated. Research and evaluation are keys to understanding these issues. At the same time, evaluation brings up questions of appropriate performance measures and goals for restorative justice programmes. Three recent studies, one from the United Kingdom and two from New Zealand, address these issues.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / June 2005 Edition
Transforming Attitudes Towards Offending
The Sycamore Tree Project® is an in-prison programme bringing unrelated victims and offenders together for conversations about crime. The programme allows them to reflect together on the consequences of crime and the steps needed to address the harm that has resulted.
Located in Previous Editions / 2005 / September 2005 Edition
Involving Victims in Restorative Youth Justice in England through Youth Offender Panels
Youth Offender Panels in England and Wales seek to hold young offenders accountable for their behaviour while involving victims in the process. A recent evaluation of the programme in Leeds found a positive impact on both victims and offenders. In this article, Adam Crawford, one of the researchers, summarizes the findings.
Located in Previous Editions / 2006 / March 2006 Edition
Juvenile Re-Offending after Family and Victim Offender Conferences
In 2000, the Australian state of Northern Territory implemented a juvenile pre-court diversion scheme. Teresa Cunningham summarizes her research study into the scheme’s impact on re-offending.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / March 2007 Edition
Attitudes of Victims and Offenders toward Restorative Justice
A June 2007 report from the Ministry of Justice in the UK reports the attitudes of victims and offenders participating in three different restorative justice schemes from 2001-2004. The evaluation shows that the majority of victims and offenders found the restorative justice process satisfactory, with communication being listed as one of the most important elements of the process.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / July 2007 Edition
Introducing Restorative Practices into Scottish Schools
In 2004, the Scottish Executive allocated funding for a 30-month pilot project to introduce restorative practices into schools in three Local Authorities. An August 2007 evaluation report outlines the implementation process for the different areas and the progress made in establishing restorative practices in the school.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / October 2007 Edition
Diverting Young Adults from Prison in NSW
The New South Wales (NSW) Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research recently released an evaluation report of a pilot community conferencing programme targeting young adults. The programme seeks to divert persons between the ages of 18 and 24 from prison to community conferences. The report discusses results from a survey of conference participants as well as interviews and focus group meetings with key stakeholders in Liverpool and Tweed Heads – the two local courts participating in the pilot programme.
Located in Previous Editions / 2007 / November 2007 Edition