|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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