Read our new Iriss Insight - Restorative justice - authored by Steve Kirkwood at the University of Edinburgh.
It defines restorative justice, outlines the evidence on its use and impact, and discusses its current and potential use as a response to crime in Scotland.
Key points include:
- The current Scottish policy context provides fertile ground for the growth of restorative justice
- Research evidence shows restorative justice can reduce the likelihood of further offending, assist people recover from the harm of crime, and provide greater satisfaction with the justice process
- Although its use is relatively limited in Scotland, restorative justice is used in other parts of the UK and internationally