Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence

Federal Probation LogoRestorative Practices e-Forum has a link to Federal Probation which recently published “Pono Kaulike: Restorative Justice and Solution-Focused Approaches to Domestic Violence in Hawaii”.

The Pono Kaulike program provided facilitated restorative justice processes combined with solution-focused brief therapy with subjects who plead guilty to crimes including assault, harassment, criminal property damage, criminal trespass, terroristic threatening and negligent homicide.

Program results were highly positive in terms of both participant satisfaction and recidivism. Recidivism rates were compared to those of a control group. The recidivism rate in the control group was nearly double that in the experimental group.

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