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Pub. Type Report
Title Restorative Policing Experiment: The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Police Family Group Conferencing Project, Final Report
Author(s) McCold, Paul
Wachtel, Benjamin
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Pub. Date 1998
Abstract The Bethlehem Pennsylvania Family Group Conferencing Project determined that: (1) Typical American police officers are capable of conducting conferences consistent with due process and restorative justice principles, given adequate training and supervision; (2) Conferencing did not transform police attitudes, organization culture or role perceptions, but those with the most exposure did move toward a more community-oriented, problem-solving stance; (3) Police-facilitated restorative conferences can produce conflict-reducing outcomes, most clearly in cases of interpersonal violence; (4) Victims, offenders and parents who participated accepted the police-based restorative justice; and (5) Police-facilitated restorative conferences produced participant satisfaction and perceptions of fairness at least as high as other restorative justice programs and the courts. Notes, figures, appendixes source
Issue/No. NCJ 177564
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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