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“Victim-Offender Mediation in Texas: When ‘Eye for Eye’ Becomes ‘Eye to Eye'”

Drake, Patrick Glen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2005) South Texas Law Review. 47: 647-676.

This comment promotes a highly-effective, yet under-utilized restorative measure of Texas criminal law: Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM). Currently, many attorneys are unfamiliar with the practice. This is due to the fact that VOM sessions are: (1) confidential; and (2) conducted in prisons. Unfortunately, the majority of Texas criminal law practitioners are prone to dismiss VOM as too forgiving, too uncomfortable, or simply too expensive. However, research shows that VOM provides a unique experience for both victims and offenders and holds mutually beneficial facets distiguishing it from traditional criminal measures. (Excerpt)


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