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“Does Mediation Work in Practice?”

Smith, David
June 4, 2015

Source: (1985) Probation Journal. 32:135-138.

NAPO opposes the diversion of existing probation resources to the development
of reparation schemes, believing that it is of marginal importance to the criminal
justice system and the treatment of offenders. Meanwhile, the Home Office is
funding four experiments in different approaches to reparation, with grants
ranging from £ 15,000 to £30,000. In some Probation areas money set aside for
special projects is being used to try out these ideas. But can such schemes live
up to the promise of conflict resolution and negotiated settlements between
victims and offenders, and what are the prospects for influencing the ethos of
the criminal justice system? The authors report on the initial period of the South
Yorkshire special project and conclude that it is a worthwhile and important
experiment on the feasibility of mediation.


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