Restorative Justice: What do Offenders Perceive?

Ellen C. Lemley, Washington State University
Clayton Mosher, Washington State University, Vancouver
Gregory D. Russell, Washington State University

While there exists an extensive literature on the theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice, researchers have not yet explored in any detail the effectiveness of restorative justice programs that are not based on victim-offender mediation. Using data collected on a restorative justice program in a medium-sized city in the Pacific Northwest, this paper reports on offender's perceptions of the effectiveness of the program. Multivariate analyses explore the relationships between offenders' perceptions and a number of background variables, including offense history and type of current offense, gender, race, and age.

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