Restorative justice

  • Created by: Maya98
  • Created on: 03-06-17 12:14

Restorative justice


  • 85% satisfaction from victims perspective when taking part in face to face meetings
  • 92.5% satisfaction from victims involved in violent crimes
  • Sherman - 20 studies of face to face meetings, all showed reduced re offending. 11% re offending rates compared to control group with 37% re offending rates
  • considers the needs of the victim and how to help them
  • paid for by offenders - which is beneficial to community
  • Peace circles help the wider community not only those directly involved.


  • not available to all offenders, only those who have admitted their crime but victims may reject the offer. therefore cannot be a global solution
  • psychological harm may be brought to the victim especially if the criminal shows no empathy towards them which may result in a lowered self esteem
  • additionally, the offender may be harmed, the victims may gang up on the offender which is especially dangerous if the offender is a child.
  • victims may attempt to shame the offender which is not the aim of the process


I believe that this method is highly effective, especially as the offenders pay for the majority of the treatment not the taxpayer. However, I believe that the offender would need to attend therapy sessions, especially if the restorative justice is replacing their offending time, because it does not look to control their behaviour, only forces them to acknowledge it. Additionally, I believe this treatment would be more harmful for those involved in more serious crimes such as murder or ****. Furthermore, it would have to be means-tested on those who want to apologize  and have shown feelings of guilt previously, as many criminal lack empathy and may not respond appropriately when around the victim.  







reference for sherman please