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ERIC Number: EJ798137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0011-1287
The Role and Attitudes of Restorative Board Members: A Case Study of Volunteers in Community Justice
Karp, David R.; Bazemore, Gordon; Chesire, J. D.
Crime & Delinquency, v50 n4 p487-515 2004
Criminal justice agencies often call for partnerships with the community. In restorative and community justice initiatives, citizen volunteers often serve as decision makers in nonadversarial sanctioning. Although prior research has reported the attitudes of other participants in restorative decision making, such as victims and offenders, none have examined those of community volunteers. We report on findings from a state-wide survey of volunteers serving on Vermont Reparative Probation Boards. In this program, board members meet with probationers to negotiate a "reparative contract" that may include apologies, restitution, community service, and other tasks. We found a board membership that is generally representative of the community, highly supportive of the program, and knowledgeable of restorative justice principles. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont