Criminologist Paul McCold and Captain John Stahr evaluated the implementation of conferencing by Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, police, completing the first true experimental evaluation of conferencing anywhere. The Conflict Assistance Group, now known as the Restorative Justice Group, was established and has now grown to five members who are using restorative justice processes for a range of applications: internal complaints, conflicts and disruption in workplaces; behavioural change programs; and general complaints and disciplinary processes.
Academicians Tom Scheff and Suzanne Retzinger have written about useful strategies for dealing with issues of moral indignation in conferences. What Is Restorative Practices? Ultimately the conference protocols were converted into a script, with the key statements and questions written out for the convenience of the facilitator.
Masters has found that behavioral problems in Japanese schools were viewed as normal and that these problems offered short and finite learning opportunities. An initial result seems to be a considerable reduction in misbehaviour on the playground.
When our Police Community Consultative Committee looked at family group conferencing, our focus was largely about improving police processes. Registered sex offenders must meet the following obligations. We found that by bringing offenders, victims and their respective support people together in a conference, all benefited from this new approach to police cautions.
Some international police agencies may be provided with information from the database, but only if this information sharing meets specific criteria outlined in the Sex Offender Information Registration Act SOIRA.