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Restorative justice and clinical education – a win/win situation?

Grimes, Richard
June 4, 2015

Source: (2012) Paper presented at the 1st International Symposium on Restorative Justice and Human Rights. 2-7 June 2012, Skopelos Island, Greece.

The impact of restorative justice (RJ) has been extensively monitored and documented. Whilst views may
vary as to the exact nature of the measurable outcomes there is general acceptance that RJ does make a
difference. Satisfaction levels of RJ participants are reportedly high, reoffending rates are often reduced,
where reoffending does occur it is frequently at a lower point of seriousness and the cost of delivering RJ is
substantially less than more traditional forms of criminal justice intervention. This paper will take a RJ
conferencing model and graft on to it an overtly educational component. This sees the involvement in RJ
facilitation by staff and students at one of the UK’s leading law schools. The educational angle involves the
development of legal literacy on the part of RJ participants and the clinical education of law students
through a form of experiential learning. (author’s abstact)


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