Matrix Evidence – Economic analysis of interventions for young offenders

This 2009 independent expert analysis of the economic benefits of restorative justice revealed that restorative justice would likely lead to a net benefit of over £1 billion over 10 years.

The report concluded that diverting young offenders from community orders to a pre-court restorative justice conferencing scheme would produce a lifetime saving to society of almost £275 million (£7,050 per offender).

The cost of implementing the scheme would be paid back in the first year and during the course of two parliaments (10 years) society would benefit by over £1 billion.

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