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Participation in Victim-Offender Mediation and the Prevalence and Severity of Subsequent Delinquent Behavior: A Meta-Analysis

Nugent, William R
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Utah Law Review. 2003(1): 137-166. University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Downloaded 13 October 2003.

According to the authors of this article, victim-offender mediation (VOM) is the oldest and most widely practiced expression of restorative justice. With respect to juvenile justice, the authors state there is a growing body of research investigating the relationship between juvenile participation in VOM and the prevalence and severity of recidivism. There is a need, then, for a comprehensive analysis of this research – a meta-analysis to aggregate and synthesize the results from many research studies. The results of such a meta-analysis will have important implications for the development of juvenile justice programs and for policy-making with respect to the consideration of restorative justice approaches. With all of this in mind, the authors present in this paper a meta-analysis of the research on VOM and subsequent delinquent activity by juveniles.


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