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Kinds of Crimes

At first, restorative programmes were used for juveniles with short records and relatively minor crimes. Over time, however, the programmes have been adjusted to work with adults as well, and with more serious nonviolent crimes and even violent crimes. The legal effect of agreements tends to vary based on the crime; for less serious crimes the judge may adopt the agreement as the sentence, while in homicide cases, for example, there is little if any impact on the defendant's sentence. In those instances restorative encounters are used to help the victim's (and the offender's) healing.
Theft often requires no direct contact between the victim and offender. Nevertheless, the injuries to the victim are real. These articles and resources address the use of restorative justice in responding to victims and perpetrators of theft.
Although technically a nonviolent crime, burglary -- especially of a residence -- can have a significant impact on crime victims. These articles describe how restorative processes have been used to address the material, emotional, physical and relational injuries that can follow burglary.
Restorative justice and victims and perpetrators of corruption.
Driving While Intoxicated
The consequences of driving while intoxicated can be profound and devastating, and yet the culpability of the driver is related to the decision to drive while impaired -- the harm caused was not the result of a deliberate attempt to cause harm. These stories and articles discuss issues related to driving while intoxicated.
Domestic Violence
Domestic violence presents unique challenges and opportunities to restorative justice practitioners. On one hand, the restorative process of taking responsibility, addressing past harm and planning for a better future can look very much like domestic violence syndrome. On the other, restorative responses can offer alternatives to a victim who has kept silence out of fear that the abuser will be arrested and the family's means of support ended. These articles address this important area.
Hate Crime
Hate crimes are directed at victims because of their affiliation with a group against which the offenders have chosen to take action. Not only do victims suffer from direct injuries, they must also come to terms with the deep malice and bias that motivated the crime. These articles address restorative responses.
Sexual Violence and Abuse
Few crimes have more power to produce profound injury to victims or outrage and fear in communities than sexual violence. These articles and resources address the use of restorative justice with sexual violence and abuse victims and perpetrators.
Violent Crimes
Studies have shown that restorative justice processes may be more useful for victims and offenders after violent crimes than less serious ones. These articles and resources explore that counter-intuitive finding and other matters concerning restorative justice and victims and perpetrators of violent crime.
Perhaps surprisingly, restorative justice has been used extensively between murderers and the survivors of those they killed. On most occasions, restorative processes take place long after a sentence has been imposed, because of the length of time required for the survivors to become ready for this form of intervention. These articles describe and discuss this use of restorative justice.
Environmental Crimes
Environmental crime harms communities and the people living in them in multiple ways. Sometimes those harms continue for generations. These articles discuss the potential of restorative justice as a response.
White Collar Crime
Is restorative justice reasonable as a response to white collar crime? Is it an appropriate response? These are articles and resources on restorative justice and white collar crime victims and perpetrators.

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A long-time repeat offender describes the impact of meeting with his victims.