Source: (2013) Campbell Systematic Reviews 2013:12. DOI: 10.4073/csr.2013.12.
This systematic review examines the effects of the subset of restorative justice programs that has been tested most extensively: a face-to-face Restorative Justice Conference (RJC) â€œthat brings together offenders, their victims, and their respective kin and communities, in order to decide what the offender should do to repair the harm that a crime has causedâ€ (Sherman and Strang, 2012: 216). The Review investigates the effects of RJCs on offendersâ€™ subsequent convictions (or in one case arrests) for crime, and on several measures of victim impact. The review considers only randomized controlled trials in which victim and offenders consented to meet prior to random assignment, the analysis of which was based on the results of an â€œintention-to-treatâ€ analysis. A total of ten experiments with recidivism outcomes were found that met the eligibility criteria, all of which also had at least one victim impact measure. (excerpt)