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The New Zealand Experience Implementing the Reparation Sentence

Galaway, Burt
June 4, 2015

Source: (1992) In: H. Messmer and H.-U. Otto (eds.), Restorative Justice on Trial: Pitfalls and Potentials of Victim-Offender Mediation: International Research Perspectives. Dordrecht, NETH: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 55-80.

This study reports on the implementation of the New Zealand Criminal Justice Act of 1985. Data from 1987 and 1988 indicate that reparation was getting relatively limited use. Views of probation officers, judges and the public are compared. Results indicate that enforcement actions were required for 76% of the offenders sentenced to reparation. Judges and probation officers perceived that victim-offender meetings are useful but these seldom occur. Finally, there is ambiguity regarding an appropriate role of probation in administration of the reparation sentence.


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