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Legislative Statutes on Victim Offender Mediation: A National Review

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) VOMA Connections. Fall (15): 5-9,11.

In this article, Umbreit, Lightfoot, and Fier document the existing statutory authority relating to victim-offender mediation (VOM) in states in the United States. A dialogue between crime victims and offenders, VOM is a bedrock of restorative justice, as the authors state. General mediation procedures are common in civil and family statutes; this analysis focuses on mediation in criminal rather than civil cases. The article covers the authors’ research methods; identifies a continuum of statutory authority related to VOM in the states; notes variations in statutory provisions; and presents key conclusions about VOM and statutory authority based on the analysis.


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