Ministry of Justice evaluation: implementing restorative justice schemes (Crime Reduction Programme) summary
From 2001, the government funded a £7 million seven-year research programme looking into three restorative justice schemes: CONNECT, the Justice Research Consortium (JRC) and REMEDI.
This paper summarises the results, including that:
- The majority of victims chose to participate in face to face meetings with the offender, when offered by a trained facilitator.
- 85% of victims who took part were satisfied with the process.
- Restorative justice reduced the frequency of reoffending, leading to £9 savings for every £1 spent on restorative justice.
- Frequency of reoffending reduced by 27%. That's 27% less crime and 27% fewer victims following restorative justice.