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Restorative justice programs in Australia

Author(s)Strang, Heather
Title Restorative justice programs in Australia
Source Criminology Research Council. March 2001
Date 2001
Document type Research report
Coverage Australia
Summary This report considers the implementation of restorative justice programs in Australia, concentrating on programs involving meetings of victims, offenders and communities to discuss and resolve an offence. The historical context for their development is outlined, with particular reference to New Zealand and Canada. The characteristics, implementation, and administration of programs in New South Wales and Victoria are discussed and evaluated. The report identified a number of issues that need to be addressed. The importance of establishing the needs, benefits and outcomes for the programs is emphasised, together with education of police and magistrates and consultation with Aboriginal and ethnic communities. Ongoing consultation and rigorous evaluation studies is recommended.
Keywords Restorative justice; programs; implementation
Topic Restorative justice