A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments


Author(s)Gromet, Dena M., Okimoto, Tyler G., Wenzel, Michael and John M. Darley
Title

A victim-centered approach to justice? Victim satisfaction effects on third-party punishments

Source Law and Human Behaviour,Vol 36(5), Oct 2012, pp375-389
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary In this research the authors examine the relationship between victims' satisfaction with participation in restorative justice programs and the broader community's view of the criminal justice system. Three studies were conducted with 230 participants recruited online, who were asked to evaluate a criminal offence and victims' reactions to an initial restorative justice conference and to indicate their support for additional punishment of the offender. The findings showed that when victims show their satisfaction with a restorative justice process, third-party observers assign less harsh punishment for offenders. The report discusses the reasons for this and suggests that when victims are satisfied then other people's own feelings of satisfaction with the restorative justice system are raised because of an belief that victims have reached closure and offenders are now being reformed.
Keywords Restorative justice; punishment; victim satisfaction; community satisfaction.
Topic

Restorative justice