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Why Restorative Justice Instead Of Retributive Justice

The Criminal Justice Review recommended the setting up of a Youth Conference Service based on restorative Justice principles. Research evidence from similar schemes, especially the New Zealand model on which we were based, suggests that restorative justice can have a positive impact on reoffending.

This research suggests that reoffending rates are lower where there is a face to face meeting between the child and the victim. Also there is much more victim satisfaction with this devolved decision making process and victims invariably feel safer and are less likely to feel fearful or angry as they have a say in the outcome.

Restorative justice allows the opportunity for the offender to make amends to the victim or community.