Source: (1996) St. Paul, Minnesota: Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking, University of Minnesota.

The first portion of the study examines what has been learned about victim-offender mediation for property crimes and minor assaults. Information addresses program characteristics, case referral, immediate outcomes of mediation, victim participation, offender participation, voluntary participation in mediation, client satisfaction, and the most important mediator tasks. Other findings focus on the successful completion of restitution agreements, the reduction of victim fear and anxiety, recidivism, and a cross-national comparison on key outcomes. The second section of the study provides information on what has been learned about victim-offender mediation for crimes of severe violence. The number of studies of such programs is small, but these indicate significant offender and victim support for such mediation. Information on family group conferencing addresses immediate outcomes, victim participation, offender participation, family participation, and client satisfaction.

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