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Experiments in Restorative Policing: A Progress Report on the Canberra Reintegrative Shaming Experiments (RISE)

Barnes, Geoffrey
June 4, 2015

Source: (1998) Australian Federal Police and Australian National University.

This 1998 report describes the results of the first three years of research on the largest criminological field experiment ever conducted in Australia, and one of the largest world-wide. RISE, the Reintegrative Shaming Experiments, compare the effects of standard court processing with the effects of a diversionary conference for four kinds of cases: (1) drink driving; (2) juvenile property offending with personal victims; (3) juvenile shoplifting offences detected by shop security staff; and (4) youth violent offences. There are three central hypotheses of the experiments: (1) both offenders and victims find conferences to be fairer than court; (2) there will be less repeat offending after a conference than after court; and (3) the public costs of providing a conference are no greater than the cost of processing offenders in court.


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