Book Review: Joanna Shapland, Gwen Robinson and Angela Sorsby. (2011) Restorative Justice In Practice – Evaluating What Works for victims and offenders. London. Routledge


In 2001 a team of researchers based at Sheffield University were appointed to conduct an independent evaluation of the work of three Restorative Justice Schemes in the UK in order to test the evidence with offending behaviour. The Home office at that time provided funding to a number of schemes under the auspices of the Crime Reduction Programme (CRP). The CRP was a major initiative on the part of the then incoming Labour Government which was seeking to establish evidence-based practice in a variety of ways and was awarding unprecedented levels of funding to projects. The three schemes which the government decided to support were CONNECT, The Justice Research Consortium (JRC) and REMEDI. The focus of this excellent book is the resulting work of these three schemes, and the independent evaluation that Sheffield University carried out. It examines and analyses the findings in the context of the national and international field and also makes links with the desistance literature when commenting on the ‘potency’ of the models and schemes.

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