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Victim Participation in Sentencing: The Problems of Incoherence

Maxwell, Gabrielle
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 40(1)

Many countries are now exploring new models of justice in the hope that they can be more effective than the traditional criminal justice system in responding to victims, reducing the probability of reoffending and contributing to community safety. This article describes two pilot schemes which used community panel meetings to decide on diversionary plans for adult offenders. Both displayed elements of restorative justice processes, particularly adopting plans designed to make amends for offending. One placed an emphasis on the participation of victims and taking part in rehabilitative programmes. The other placed emphasis on responsibility to the indigenous community and taking reintegrative measures. Despite these differences, both schemes resulted in fewer reconvictions and less serious reconvictions compared to matched control groups and both schemes represented financial savings compared to conventional court processes and correctional outcomes.


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