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Evaluating the Effects of a Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program on Reoffense

Nugent, William R.; Paddock, Jeffrey B.. Research on Social Work Practice, 6(2):155-178, April 1996

This article discusses an evaluation of a victim-offender reconciliation program in Anderson County, Tennessee. The authors examined data gathered from existing court records and records from the program. A random sample of 100 cases were matched on type of crime and admission of guilt, with a second sample of 100 cases from before the activation of the program. The study found that the probability of re-offense is related to the number of previous offenses as well as number of siblings. The authors conclude that the victim-offender mediation model is a promising approach and that those who participate in these programs may subsequently engage in less frequent antisocial behavior.


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