How Restorative Justice helps

There is a strong and growing research evidence base that shows Restorative Justice meets the needs of victims and offenders and reduces the frequency of re-offending, which in turn decreases the number of future victims.

The Ministry of Justice commissioned The University of Sheffield to evaluate Restorative Justice between 2001 and 2008. Professor Joanna Shapland and her team evaluated the work of three restorative justice projects. Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service (TVRJS) was a research partner in this process.

Trends and Statistics

Sources: Professor Joanna Shapland’s fourth and final report published by the Ministry of Justice in June 2008, headlined these trends that are relevant to the Thames Valley Restorative Justice Service context;
Shapland et al 2nd Report ‘RJ in practice: an evaluation of three schemes’, May 2005 and Shapland et al 3rd Report ‘RJ: the views of victims and offenders (published June 07).

Successful Outcomes

These key research outcomes refer specifically to the practice of the Justice Research Consortium of which Thames Valley criminal justice agencies were members.

Source: report by Professor Lawrence W. Sherman, Wolfson Professor of Criminology at Cambridge University and Dr Heather Strang Australian National University – ‘Restorative Justice, The Evidence’ published by Smith Institute February 07