Back to RJ Archive

Results of Research from British Experiments in Restorative Justice

Marshall, Tony F
June 4, 2015

Source: (1990) In: B. Galaway and J. Hudson (eds.), Criminal Justice, Restitution, and Reconciliation Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Press, pp. 83-107.

Evaluations were conducted of 4 U.K. Home Office-funded mediation and reparation schemes; several other schemes around the U.K. also voluntarily used the same data forms and participated in the evaluation. The experiments demonstrate that mediation can be carried out, and that it increases offenders’ sense of responsibility rather than their feelings of inadequacy and rejection. Reparation: psychological and social as well as pecuniary: is seen as a part of natural justice for victims. All of the schemes had difficulty maintaining their underlying philosophy of restorative justice in the face of a dominating criminal justice system. Recommendations for future program development are presented.


AbstractCourtsEuropeEvaluation/StudyPolicePrisonsRJ and the WorkplaceRJ in SchoolsRJ OfficeStatutes and LegislationTeachers and Students
Support the cause

We've Been Restoring Justice for More Than 40 Years

Your donation helps Prison Fellowship International repair the harm caused by crime by emphasizing accountability, forgiveness, and making amends for prisoners and those affected by their actions. When victims, offenders, and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results are transformational.

Donate Now