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Informal Justice: Mediation between Offenders and Victims

Galaway, Burt
June 4, 2015

Source: (1989) In: P. Albrecht and O. Backes (eds.), Crime Prevention and Intervention: Legal and Ethical Problems. New York, NY: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 103-116.

This study reports on the first two years of a victim offender reconciliation program (VORP) operating in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota Results indicate a 54% (87) participation rate. Other results include: 128 agreements negotiated with. 44% of the agreements calling for monetary restitution, 17% personal service restitution, 6% both monetary and personal service restitution, 10% community service restitution, 2% both monetary restitution and community service, 20% apologies only, and 2% other requirements. Of the agreements, 79% were successfully fulfilled. Issues to be addressed in future program development are considered.


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