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Reparation orders: Can reparation be effective if it is coerced?

Williams, Brian
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Victimology held in Montreal, Canada, 6-11 August.

As one of its new components, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 in England and Wales requires young offenders to make direct or indirect reparation for harms caused by their offenses. Brian Williams considers specific issues arising from reparation orders and other provisions which draw victims into the decision-making process of sentencing. He sketches the legal provisions requiring reparation, general concerns about offenders undertaking court-ordered reparation, and concerns about victim involvement in court-ordered reparation. In particular, Williams asks questions about the effectiveness of coerced reparation.


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