Restorative Justice Conferencing in a Large Urban Setting--Perceptions of Justice

Natalie Kroovand Hipple, Indiana University and Hudson Institute
Kathleen Olivares, Indiana University and Hudson Institute
Edmund F. McGarrell, Indiana University and Hudson Institute

ABSTRACT
The Indianapolis Restorative Justice Conference Project is currently being implemented as a diversion program within the Marion County (Indianapolis) Juvenile Court. The Hudson Institute, in collaboration with Indiana University-Bloomington, is conducting an evaluation of the effectiveness of Restorative Justice conferencing as an alternative to the other diversion programs sponsored by the court. A significant part of this study is to assess how victmis, offenders, and respective supporters feel about restorative justice conferencing as an alternative to traditional court-ordered programs. In this paper, we will assess how perceptions of conferencing compare to perceptions of other diversion programs. These perceptions, particularly perceptions of justice, will be considered in relation to Braithwaite's notions of reintegrative shaming.

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