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Apologies and Accounts in Youth Justice Conferencing: Reinterpreting Research Outcomes.

Hayes, Hennessey
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Forthcoming in Contemporary Justice Review, 9 (4) December 2006.

The literature on restorative justice is replete with findings that show offenders and
victims judge restorative processes as fair and view outcomes as satisfactory. There is
less evidence to suggest, however, that restorative processes are in fact restorative. I
first consider how apology and forgiveness feature in one form of restorative justice
(youth justice conferencing) and then examine findings from two major research
projects in Australia (RISE and SAJJ) to show why reconciliation and repair are not
common outcomes in restorative justice conferences. (author’s abstract)


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