Back to RJ Archive

Victim Offender Mediation with Violent Offenses.

Umbreit, Mark S
June 4, 2015

Source: (1986) Valparaiso, IN: PACT Institute of Justice.

Victim-offender mediation has largely been used with property offenders. However, recent experience with juveniles in Oklahoma correctional institutions and adults in the Genesee County (NY) jail suggests that the concept can be applied to violent offense cases. A report describes victim-offender mediation programs, based on interviews with victims and criminal justice officials, and reviews the literature. Findings suggest that face-to-face contact between victim and offender may be appropriate in certain cases involving violent criminal behavior. Such an approach requires extreme sensitivity, particularly when informing victims of its possible use, and casework services for victims and offenders should be used when necessary.


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