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“Restorative Justice through Mediation: The Impact of Programs in Four Canadian Provinces.”

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1996) In: B. Galaway and J. Hudson (eds.), Restorative Justice: International Perspectives. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 373-386.

This study reports on four Canadian victim-offender mediation programs, serving both adult and juvenile offenders and their victims. Post program interviews were held with victims and offenders as well as a comparison group of victims and offenders who were referred to the programs but chose not to participate. Among the 4,445 offenders referred to the programs, thirty-nine percent of the referrals resulted in a face to face meeting with the victim. Both victims and offenders who participated in mediation were significantly more likely to be satisfied. The findings from this Canadian study are strikingly similar to earlier reported findings from an American study which used the same methodology and data elements.


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