We have repeatedly stated that the primary purpose of restorative justice is NOT to reduce re-offending. It is to identify and secure measures to assist in addressing the harm caused to crime survivors.

Nonetheless, one of the collateral benefits of many restorative justice initiatives has been to effect a positive change of attitude in offenders. As a consequence, many of them do not re-offend.

Of course there are numerous factors and parameters to take into consideration. However, the research is overwhelmingly in favour of restorative justice as a viable method of addressing crime and offending behaviour because of the positive effect it has on both victims/survivors and offenders.

Read more about the research here – http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/local/report-shows-restorative-justice-reduces-crime-by-27-1-445477