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“Victim Offender Mediation: A Review of the Research in the United States.”

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1992) In: G. Davis (ed.), Making Amends: Mediation and Reparation in Criminal Justice. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 190-199.

This chapter reviews all the major empirical studies of victim-offender mediation in the United States. Key findings from each study is presented, major themes identifies, and implications for further research is outlined. While existing empirical studies examining victim-offender programs in the U.S. are few, they suggest that they are superior in client satisfaction with the process, perceptions of fairness, and impact upon recidivism. However, lack of control group research limits the strengths of these conclusions.


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