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New Directions in Restorative Justice by Robert Gordon, Elizabeth Elliott

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Chapter 13

Restorative justice in cases of serious crime: an evaluation

Tanya Rugge and Robert Cormier

Abstract

This chapter focuses upon the evaluation results of the Collaborative Justice Project (CJP), a demonstration project running in the Ottawa, Ontario area. Whereas many restorative justice programmes (such as mediation and family group conferencing) focus on relatively minor offences, the CJP employs a restorative justice approach in cases of serious crime. The goal of the research is to expand the empirical base regarding restorative justice by determining whether programmes like the CJP are successful. The research evaluates the CJP by examining satisfaction levels of victims, offenders and participating community members; by determining ...

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