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Police-led Restorative Justice Conferencing: Experience, Learning, or Skill Maintenance?

Woods, Daniel J.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, St. Louis Adam’s Mark, St. Louis, Missouri, Nov 12, 2008.

Restorative Justice (RJ) is often evaluated in terms of outcomes, most often changes in criminal behavior. There has been little focus on the practice of RJ. “Does RJ ‘work’?” is often too simplistic. When does RJ work and under what conditions is more informative. In a similar vein, who conducts RJ is often overlooked. One study has examined whether police or civilian RJ conference facilitators produce different outcomes. The present study examines the role of the conference facilitator in police-led RJ conferences. Specific focus will be on procedural justice and legitimacy. We will examine whether Police RJ facilitators bring a set of skills to bring about these outcomes or whether these skills are learned through practice and skill-maintenance. (author’s abstract)


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