Longitudinal Measures of Restorative Justice

Richard Young, University of Oxford

There is very little research on Restorative Justice which uses longitudinal measures other than of re-offending. The Thames Valley research project interviewed participants of 93 restorative conferences at three intervals: just after the conference, 3 months later and 12 months later. The interviews were qualitative in nature and were designed to illuminate what sense people made of their experiences, what they thought they'd got out of it, and whether their sense of achievement altered (for better or worse) over the course of the following year (and if so, why so). Some apparent 'successes' turned into failures over time and, perhaps more surprisingly, some 'failures' turned into successes.

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Updated 05/20/2006