Restorative Justice in Vermont: Addressing Risk and Reintegration

Susan Ehrhard, University at Albany
Shadd Maruna, University at Albany
David R. Karp, Skidmore College

ABSTRACT
Like traditional criminal justice and treatment policies, restorative justice is concerned with the risks an offender poses, or may pose, to himself and to the community. What differentiates restorative justice is that it actively seeks to identify what these risks are and how they can best be addressed. An answer to the question, "What needs to be done to reintegrate the offender into the community?" is sought. It is not known how effective restorative practices are at identifying risk factors and answering this question. This paper provides an exploratory analysis of risk and reintegration in a sample of reparative probation cases in Vermont.

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