Restorative Justice is a process where offenders and victims meet to discuss the impact of the offence on the victim and how to right the wrong. While preventing reoffending is not the primary aim of Restorative Justice, research shows that it reduces reoffending. The latest results from New Zealand show that:
- for 15-20 low-risk offenders participating in a restorative justice conference 1 fewer will be reconvicted.
International evidence shows that restorative justice provides benefits for some victims. There is high unmet demand in New Zealand, and the challenge is to move beyond the boutique scale of delivery that is currently implemented.