Restorative justice and recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement

Nadia Wager, Ciaran O‘Keeffe, Andrew Bates, Gooff Emerson

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The aim of this study was to assess the impact of offering victims choice in their level of engagement with restorative justice interventions. Consequently, this study compared the expected risk for reconviction, calculated using the Offender Group Reconviction Scale and actual reconviction rates for completers and non-completers of three different restorative justice (RJ) initiatives: conference, letter of apology and victim-empathy work. Where reconvictions were evident the comparative level of harm between the initial and subsequent offences was examined. This was a risk-band analysis of 253 offenders who had received an RJ sentence between September 2007 and September 2011. Data analysis began after September 2012, to allow at least a one-year follow-up. The analyses revealed statistically significant differences between expected and actual reconviction rates for all three interventions. The choice offered to victims regarding their degree of involvement in the RJ sentence appears to do no harm; indeed it is still associated with lower rates of reconviction and a relatively high likelihood of a reduction in harm where reoffending occurs.

Translated title of the contributionRestorative justice and recidivism: Investigating the impact of victim-preference for level of engagement
LanguageUndefined
Pages61-80
Number of pages20
JournalLjetopis Socijalnog Rada
Volume22
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Wager, Nadia ; O‘Keeffe, Ciaran ; Bates, Andrew ; Emerson, Gooff. / Restorativna pravda i recidivizam : Istraživanje utjecaja Žrtvinog odabira razine angažiranosti. In: Ljetopis Socijalnog Rada. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 1. pp. 61-80.
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Restorativna pravda i recidivizam : Istraživanje utjecaja Žrtvinog odabira razine angažiranosti. / Wager, Nadia; O‘Keeffe, Ciaran; Bates, Andrew; Emerson, Gooff.

In: Ljetopis Socijalnog Rada, Vol. 22, No. 1, 06.2015, p. 61-80.

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