Restorative Justice - is more better? The experience of police-led restorative cautioning pilots in Northern Ireland

Author(s)O'Mahon​y, David and Doak, Jonathan
Title Restorative Justice - is more better? The experience of police-led restorative cautioning pilots in Northern Ireland.
Source Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, vol 43, (5), pp 484-505, 2004
Date 2004
Document type Journal article
Coverage Northern Ireland
Summary This article evaluates the effectiveness of two police-led juvenile conferencing pilots in Northern Ireland from September 2000 to April 2001. The authors explored the types of cases that came to the attention of the juvenile liaison officers and how the cases were disposed. The study found that the juvenile conferencing pilots were successful to some extent in securing the traditional aims of restorative justice, including an emphasis that the young person was not 'bad' and reintegration was achieved through the avoidance of prosecution. The conferences also had benefits for the victim and the community. One drawback to the pilot schemes concerned net-widening, where some young people dealt with under the scheme were very young, with no previous police contact, and who would have previously been dealt with through informal means. Another important finding was that the restorative sessions were very resource intensive. Some recommendations are made for process improvement and legislative change.
Keywords Restorative justice; youth; cautioning; juveniles,
Topic Restorative justice