The Impact of Mediating Victim Offender Conflict: An Analysis of Programs in Three States

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Abstract This article presents the findings of an analysis of victim offender mediation programs working with the juvenile courts in Albuquerque (NM), Minneapolis (MN) and Oakland (CA). The study is based upon 868 interviews with crime victims and offenders, including pre‐ and post‐mediation interviews and two different comparison groups. The data that emerged from this study indicates that the vast majority of both victims and young offenders experience the mediation process and outcome (restitution agreement) as fair and are satisfied with the program. The mediation process used by the programs in Albuquerque, Minneapolis and Oakland results in greater satisfaction, greater perception of fairness and higher restitution completion rates than found in a matched sample of victims and offenders who were not referred to mediation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalJuvenile and Family Court Journal
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1992

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