Evaluating Restorative Justice   Professor Gerry Johnstone   University of Hull, UK
The Restorative Justice Movement   Broad Goals    revolutionize the way contemporary    societies view and respond to crim...
Forms of restorative justice   Victim/Offender mediation   Restorative Conferencing   Circles   Panels   TRCs   Commemorat...
Claims for Restorative Justice    Controls crime more effectively    Holds offenders genuinely accountable for    their be...
Does it work?   Concern for evaluation   What is evaluation?   the systematic assessment of the worth   or merit of some o...
What is being evaluated?   Evaluation is often of specific schemes   or programmes   Often presented as evaluations of   ‘...
Who is evaluation For?   Government/policy makers   Sponsors   Public   Practitioners   All have different questions and n...
Difficulty of evaluation I   Multiple, Unclear and Un-prioritised   Goals     Restoring victims     Bring offender to reco...
Standards commonly used forEvaluation   Impact on recidivism   Participant satisfaction     With process     With outcomes
Difficulty of Evaluation II   Methodological problems     Comparative or absolute standards     Restorative justice, by it...
Evaluative styles   Statistical studies of outcomes   Stories (reliability issues)   Observation (+ participant observatio...
Braithwaite’s review   Restorative justice practices:     restore and satisfy victims better than     existing criminal ju...
Issues  The limits of the ‘what works’ paradigm  The limits of testing (RJ cannot be put in  a test-tube)  Governmental co...
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L'avaluació de les pràctiques restauratives: un model comprensiu. Gerry Johnstone

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II Jornada de Justícia Restaurativa, que va tenir lloc al Centre d'Estudis Jurídics i Formació Especialitzada, 16 d'octubre de 2012

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L'avaluació de les pràctiques restauratives: un model comprensiu. Gerry Johnstone

  1. 1. Evaluating Restorative Justice Professor Gerry Johnstone University of Hull, UK
  2. 2. The Restorative Justice Movement Broad Goals revolutionize the way contemporary societies view and respond to crime. Shift: In focus: from punishment to repair In process: from professional to participatory justice In values: relational justice
  3. 3. Forms of restorative justice Victim/Offender mediation Restorative Conferencing Circles Panels TRCs Commemorations
  4. 4. Claims for Restorative Justice Controls crime more effectively Holds offenders genuinely accountable for their behavior Offers offenders a route to reintegration into law-abiding society Provides victims and communities with a meaningful experience of justice
  5. 5. Does it work? Concern for evaluation What is evaluation? the systematic assessment of the worth or merit of some object
  6. 6. What is being evaluated? Evaluation is often of specific schemes or programmes Often presented as evaluations of ‘Restorative Justice’ Raises Issues of Generalizability Definition of restorative justice
  7. 7. Who is evaluation For? Government/policy makers Sponsors Public Practitioners All have different questions and needs
  8. 8. Difficulty of evaluation I Multiple, Unclear and Un-prioritised Goals Restoring victims Bring offender to recognise wrong Healing conflict Repair breach in community’s sense of trust Reassure community that further offending unlikely Diminish fear of crime
  9. 9. Standards commonly used forEvaluation Impact on recidivism Participant satisfaction With process With outcomes
  10. 10. Difficulty of Evaluation II Methodological problems Comparative or absolute standards Restorative justice, by its nature, cannot be used randomly Operationalizing ‘recidivism’, ‘participant satisfaction’ Relating satisfactory outcomes to causes Quantitative/qualitative issues
  11. 11. Evaluative styles Statistical studies of outcomes Stories (reliability issues) Observation (+ participant observation) In-depth qualitative methods (e.g. interviews) Theoretical critique
  12. 12. Braithwaite’s review Restorative justice practices: restore and satisfy victims better than existing criminal justice practices restore and satisfy offenders better than existing criminal justice practices restore and satisfy communities better than existing criminal justice practices
  13. 13. Issues The limits of the ‘what works’ paradigm The limits of testing (RJ cannot be put in a test-tube) Governmental concerns versus scholarship concerns Governmental concerns versus practitioner concerns

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