Source: (2002) Te Ara Whakatika: Newsletter of the court-referred restorative justice project. May/June. Issue 10. Downloaded 10 June 2004.
Judge Thorburn of Aukland has found that restorative justice is a very effective alternative to the traditional criminal justice system. Thorburn has noticed complete turnarounds in victimsÃ¢Â€Â™ attitudes towards offenders after conferences. Victims often preferred employment for their offenders rather than the original sentencing. Overall, Judge Thorburn believes that restorative justice is a Ã¢Â€Âœmuch more sensibleÃ¢Â€? option over traditional criminal justice practices that detach victimsÃ¢Â€Â™ from the process and do not hold offenders to their actions.
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