Putting a human face on crimes: A qualitative study on restorative justice processes for youths

 

Author(s)Choi, Jung Jin, Diane L Green and Michael J Gilbert
Title Putting a human face on crimes: A qualitative study on restorative justice processes for youths
Source Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, October 2011, Vol 28, No 5, pp.335-355
Date 2011 
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary In this study data was obtained from semi-structured interviews and observation of a Victim Offender Mediation (VOM) program operating in a mid-western city in the United States. The 37 participants in the interviews included juvenile offenders, parents, adult victims, mediators and service providers. Observation over a one year period was also used to complement and validate the interview data. A number of themes emerged from the study, including the learning aspects for the youths, a good punishment, and an opportunity for a better understanding of victims. The authors aimed to increase our knowledge about restorative justice by providing a frame of reference for how these processes work and why they seem to be particularly effective for young and low-risk offenders. It was concluded that VOM programs meet the needs of youthful offenders by holding them accountable in respectful ways that may develop a sense of shame and heightened empathy.
Keywords Restorative justice; mediation; conferences; youth conferences; youth-offender mediation
Topic Restorative justice