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After a Guilty Verdict – How Psychology Can Inform the Penal System

Alternatives to Imprisonment


2.2 Restorative Justice


·         Crimes have victims and victims often feel that their experiences and expectations are not taken into account by the justice system.

·         Restorative justice aims to redress this balance, crime is seen as being against a person or organisation and victims are allowed to be part of what happens.

·         Restorative justice has to be voluntary for all parties and seeks a positive outcome. 

·         It is respectful and not degrading for either offender or victim.

·         Restorative justice aims to provide victims with: -


o        An opportunity to explain the impact of the crime (impact statements)

o        An acknowledgement of the harm caused

o        A chance to ask questions

o        Some


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