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In the mid 1980s the Home Office funded four pilot projects to test whether reparation by offenders to their victims was desirable and feasible. One of the projects became the Leeds Victim Offender Unit; it targeted serious adult offenders at risk of custody. Jean Wynne reports on the principles and organization of the Leeds project, the potential benefits of mediation to victims and offenders, the mediation process, types of reparation, types of eligible offenses, and studies of reconviction rates with respect to mediation.

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