Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice by Heather StrangRepair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice by Heather Strang

Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative Justice

byHeather Strang

Paperback | October 12, 2004

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This book addresses the role of victims in our criminal justice system and the shortcomings they perceive in the way they are treated. It examines whether restorative justice can offer them more justice than they receive from the formal court-based system.Research into the shortcomings of the court-based system has identified a number of issues that victims want to address. In brief, they want a less formal process where their views count, more information about both the processing and the outcome of their case, a greater opportunity forparticipation in the way their case is dealt with, fairer and more respectful treatment, and emotional as well as material restoration as an outcome. Over the past three decades, the victim movement worldwide has agitated for an enhanced role for victims in criminal justice. Despite some successes,it appears that structural as well as political factors may mean that victims have won as much as they are likely to gain from formal justice.A series of randomized controlled trials in Canberra, known as the Reintegrative Shaming Experiments (RISE), has provided an opportunity to compare rigorously the impact on victims of court-based justice with a restorative justice program known as conferencing. In these experiments, middle-rangeproperty and violent offences committed by young offenders were assigned either to court (as they would normally have been treated) or to a conference. Empirical evidence from RISE examined in this book suggests that the restorative alternative of conferencing more often than court has the capacity to give victims what they say they want in achieving meaningful victim participation and restoration, especially emotional restoration.
Dr Heather Strang is Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and a Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.
Title:Repair or Revenge: Victims and Restorative JusticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:October 12, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199274290

ISBN - 13:9780199274291

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Table of Contents

1. The Victim in Criminal Justice2. Victims of Crime and the Victim Movement3. The Theory and Practice of Restorative Justice4. The Reintegrative Shaming Experiments: Research Design and Methodology5. The Lived Experience of Victims: How Restorative Justice Worked in Canberra6. Victim Satisfaction with the Restorative Alternative7. Victims and Offenders: A Relational Analysis8. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

`...Strang goes beyond the simple assessment of 'satisfaction' to the value of the informal proceedings as well as the outcome... this research shows that while we should not claim too much or raise expectations too far, good quality restorative justice apparently gives victims more of whatthey want than the conventional process.'Martin Wright, University of Sussex, British Journal of Criminology