Source: (2003) Paper submitted for the XIth International Symposium on Victimology. 13-18 July 2003, Stellenbosch, South Africa. Downloaded 21 August 2003.
As Wemmers and Cyr point out, there is considerable debate about whether restorative justice offers victims a better deal than the current criminal justice system. Many restorative justice advocates argue that restorative justice certainly serves victims better; many victimsÃ¢Â€Â™ advocates are wary or critical of the impact of restorative justice on the needs of crime victims. In view of this debate, Wemmers and Cyr ask, Ã¢Â€ÂœWho is right? Do victims want to participate in the criminal justice process, and if so, how?Ã¢Â€? To answer, they present data from a study with victims of crime who were invited to participate in victim-offender mediation. As part of this, Wemmers and Cyr discuss the issues in the debate, procedural justice theory, and recommendations for a victim-oriented approach to criminal justice.
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