Explaining Continuity and Change in Offending Behaviour after a Restorative Justice Conference

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Title Explaining Continuity and Change in Offending Behaviour after a Restorative Justice Conference
Author Hayes, Hennessey Duane; McGee, Tara; Cerruto, Michael
Journal Name Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher University of Sydney
Abstract Over the past two decades, research has produced inconsistent results regarding the crime prevention potential of restorative justice conferencing for young offenders. Some comparative research has suggested that restorative justice conferencing reduces reoffending compared with other youth justice processes (Strang et al 1999). Other quantitative research has examined the circumstances under which conferencing reduces crime and has found that offender characteristics, conference features and post-conference life experiences are important in explaining reoffending after a conference (Hayes and Daly 2003). Drawing upon observation and interview data obtained from a sample of 25 young offenders who attended conferences in south-east Queensland, the study reported in this article explored how experiences in conferences relate to post-intervention offending behaviour. The results of the study suggest that young people in the sample who continued (n=9) or stopped offending (n=16) one year after their conference, had positive experiences in telling their story, meeting their victims and hearing their victim’s stories in conferences. However, there were some key differences. Some young people who continued offending were disappointed when victims did not attend or perceived victims as being hostile towards them. In contrast, some young people who stopped offending viewed their conference experience as an event that helped them avoid future offending because the conference highlighted the consequences of their offending for victims. These results suggest that while, on balance, conference processes are judged positively, there are important interactional features that can bear negatively on post-intervention offending. Introduction
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://sydney.edu.au/law/criminology/journal/23_02.shtml
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011, Published by The Institute of Criminology, University of Sydney. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 23
Issue Number 2
Page from 127
Page to 143
ISSN 1034-5329
Date Accessioned 2012-02-29
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Legal Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44248
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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