Restorative justice at work: Examining the impact of restorative justice resolutions on juvenile recidivism

Nancy Rodriguez

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Abstract

Programs with restorative justice ideals attempt to incorporate victims and community members into the administration of justice. Although these programs have become increasingly popular, only a few programs in the United States have been the focus of prior studies. Using official juvenile court data from an urban, metropolitan area, this study finds that juveniles who participated in a restorative justice program were less likely to recidivate than juveniles in a comparison group. Also, gender and prior offenses indirectly influence recidivism in important ways. Girls and offenders with minimal criminal history records exhibit the most success from participating in such programs. Findings demonstrate the importance of examining additive and interactive effects in restorative justice research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)355-379
Number of pages25
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

Keywords

  • Community justice
  • Juvenile diversion
  • Restorative justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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