Rationalized and Scripted Restorative Justice Programs: Bold Claims With Modest Results

Kimberly J. Cook, University of Southern Maine

Restorative justice programs that have been well-developed, rationalized, and legislated are held as beacons to others considering their merits. After initial experimentation in key jurisdictions using various formats, advocates of the scripted model of diversionary conferences have claimed that these are highly effective for reducing reoffending, responding to victim's needs, and affirming community cohesion. This presentation considers these claims within the context of empirical evidence and observations of conferences. Another important component considered is the role of academics within the advocacy of restorative justice programs. How have academics become part of the restorative justice scene?

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