Smart Prevention: The Scottish Restorative Justice and recent research findings - a model for Europe?!
Some of the evaluation results:
-Significant decrease in the frequency of reconvictions over a following period of 2 years
-No significant effects on the severity of reconvictions, or whether or not reconvicted
-All JRC groups (conferencing9 summed together, showed a significantly lower cost of convictions versus the control groups (mediation did not).
-Conferencing is value for money: The money saved through preventing reoffending was much more than the cost of running the scheme in all three areas (8 times more saved than the costs, overall.
-No significant results pointing towards any criminogenic effects
=Restorative Justice does not make people worse - Restorative Justice is smart prevention.
Restorative Justice: the research evidence and implications for Scotland - Joanna Shapland
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