Cost Effectiveness of Restorative Justice

Paul McCold, Interntl Inst. for Restorative Practices

This paper sketches the outline for the research agenda that will be needed to develop comparable cost/benefit estimations of various restorative justice practices. Methodological problems in the estimation of program costs for both restorative and traditional justice processes are reviewed. The author presents a framework for conceptualizing the presumed benefits of restorative justice and considers the methodological difficulties involved in their measurement.

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Updated 05/20/2006