Restorative justice compares well with traditional criminal justice:

  • It substantially reduces repeat offending for some offenders, although not all,
  • It reduces repeat offending more than prison for adults and at least as well as prison for youths,
  • It doubles (or more) the offences brought to justice as diversions from criminal justice,
  • When used as a diversion it helps reduce the costs of criminal justice,
  • It provides both victims and offenders with more satisfaction that justice had been done than did traditional criminal justice,
  • It reduces crime victims' post-traumatic stress symptoms and the related costs, and
  • It reduces crime victims' desire for violent revenge against their offenders.

(Sherman, LW and Strang, H (2007) Restorative Justice: The Evidence. London: The Smith Institute)